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We aim to inform and engage audiences, spur action and improve U.S. education with our thorough, authoritative and objective journalism. The Hechinger Report’s readers and news partners value what we do and recognize that we maintain editorial independence from the donors and foundations that support us, as well as from Teachers College, its trustees, administration and faculty.

Diverse funding from both individuals and organizations with a range of views on the issues we cover ensures our editorial independence.

Toward that end:

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  • We apply for and accept grants from foundations to support coverage of particular topics, but with a clear understanding that we will maintain complete editorial independence.
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Acknowledgement: The Hechinger Report developed this fundraising and donor policy guided by membership standards of the Institute for Nonprofit News and using material from the Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism, Chalkbeat, The Food & Environment Reporting Network and Mississippi Today.