Ecology + Justice + Culture in the American South


Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News: 

Southerly retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions. 

Southerly accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. 

Southerly may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content. 

Southerly will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards. 

Southerly is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 media organization.

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. We make public all donors who give $1,000 or more per year. We will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who present a conflict of interest or compromise our independence.

Our Donors:

$5,000 or more

Google News Initiative

Solutions Journalism Network

North Carolina Local News Lab

Even T Collinsworth Jr. Memorial Fund

Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University

Facebook Community Journalism Project

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation


$1,000 or more

PEN America Foundation

Rita Allen Foundation