Our Policies

Diversity statement

Gig Harbor Now is committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities it serves in its staff and contributors, its editorial choices, and priorities.

Fact-checking

Gig Harbor Now reporters and freelancers generally are responsible for reporting, writing and fact-checking their own stories. All stories also are reviewed by an editor prior to publication.

Fact-checking often involves re-contacting sources to confirm statements, quotes and other information. However, we do not permit sources to review our content prior to publication.

When errors occur, Gig Harbor Now will correct them promptly and, when appropriate, note that a correction has been made. See our corrections policy here.

Ethics and editorial independence

Gig Harbor Now subscribes to the Ethics Policy of the Society for Professional Journalists  and the editorial independence policy of the Institute for Nonprofit News . They are summarized below.

Ethics policy

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.

Read more about these principles on SPJ’s website.

Editorial independence

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

Our organization 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.

We 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.

Our organization 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.

Our organization 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.

Corrections policy

Gig Harbor Now strives to be fair and accurate in all its content. However, errors inevitably occur during the newsgathering process.

When a significant factual error is inadvertently published in a Gig Harbor Now article or other content, it will be corrected promptly. The fact that a correction was made also will be acknowledged in an editor’s note published with the article. Grammatical and typographical errors, however, may be corrected without notice.

Errors made in social media posts will be corrected in the same medium in which they were made. For instance, an error made on Facebook or Twitter will be corrected on those social media po

If you notice an error on a Gig Harbor Now article or post, please email [email protected] or send a message to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Ownership and funding

Gig Harbor Now is a nonprofit, independent, community-supported, hyperlocal online news website covering Gig Harbor, Purdy and the surrounding area. Learn more about our story here.

Our vision is to be the eyes, ears and voice of our community.

Our mission is to inform, educate and connect our community.

Our board

As a nonprofit, Gig Harbor Now is led by a board of directors, which makes policy and provides oversight for the organization. The board comprises longtime area residents with backgrounds in business, government, education, journalism and technology. Members have participated extensively in volunteer and nonprofit efforts to create a better community in which we live. Learn more about our board here.

Our staff

The editor of Gig Harbor Now is Vince Dice, a veteran of more than 20 years in the news industry, mostly at the daily Kitsap Sun newspaper in Bremerton. Our news staff is composed primarily of freelance journalists with decades of experience in the industry, though we also accept editorial contributions from non-journalists. Learn more about our staff here.

Our supporters

As a nonprofit newsroom, Gig Harbor Now depends on people like you! Our donors support fact-based coverage about the issues they care about in Gig Harbor.

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source.

We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $1,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office.

We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.