Editorial Policies


Mission

Waging Nonviolence is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to providing original reporting and expert analysis of social movements around the world. With a commitment to accuracy, transparency and editorial independence, we examine today’s most crucial issues by shining a light on those who are organizing for just and peaceful solutions.

Through on-the-ground movement coverage and commentary that draws on both history and the latest research, Waging Nonviolence works to advance the public’s understanding of movements and their key role in shaping politics. Our stories inspire readers to realize the powerful agency they possess.

Since our founding in 2009, we have put a special focus on overlooked movements in the Global South, facilitating cross-cultural knowledge and skill-sharing in the process. Our Community platform furthers these efforts by giving grassroots organizations and social movement-focused university programs their own individually-branded page, where they can publish stories about their work with editorial support from WNV editors. This service, which is supported by annual membership dues, adds diverse perspectives to our movement coverage and helps strengthen movement media more broadly.

We publish all of the content on this site free of charge and without any kind of paywall. Unless otherwise noted, everything we publish falls under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which permits reuse and adaptation with certain provisions. To reuse our content, click on the Creative Commons button at the top of the story you want to republish and follow the instructions provided.


Ownership and Funding

Waging Nonviolence is not — and has never been — owned by any individual or corporation. As such, we do not report to any stockholders, owners or corporate conglomerates. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with tax ID #46-4615909. 

The majority of our funding comes from two sources: reader donations and community members — with the latter funding the operations of the Community platform. Less than 5 percent of our budget comes from foundation grants and other revenue, like the occasional payment for republication. We do not accept any paid advertisements. 


Editorial Independence Policy

We vigilantly maintain a policy of editorial independence and a firewall between editorial decisions and all sources of revenue. That means the stories that we pursue — and their direction, tone, point of view and sources — are entirely at the discretion of the writers and editors. We do not permit our stories to be reviewed or influenced by anyone. To date, Waging Nonviolence has only received grants for general support or coverage of particular broad subject areas, not for specific stories. 

We encourage our Community members to follow these same policies, but do not require it. Community members are free to publish any content on their pages, so long as that content conforms to the specific guidelines they agreed to follow when they joined. (See Community Guidelines section.) All Community stories are therefore clearly labeled as Community stories — with the member’s name appearing in the menu bar and at the top and bottom of each story.

Waging Nonviolence is committed to donor transparency and makes public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. Waging Nonviolence is currently supported by a grant from the Jubitz Family Foundation. In the past, we have received funding from the Arca Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Wege Foundation, A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Media Consortium.

Our recent 990s can be found here: 

2020
2019


Privacy Policy

Waging Nonviolence respects the privacy of our readers and supporters and will never share personal contact information with third parties. For a more detailed explanation visit our Privacy Policy page.


Ethics Policy

Waging Nonviolence follows the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics and its four principles: Seek Truth and Report It, Minimize Harm, Act Independently and Be Accountable and Transparent. Furthermore, Waging Nonviolence strives to include the voices and perspectives of historically marginalized communities, who are regularly overlooked by the mainstream media and at the forefront of the movements we cover.

Whenever Waging Nonviolence publishes a story by someone affiliated with the movement they are writing about, we always disclose that connection in the story. We also use story labels to distinguish analysis (i.e. opinion) from a feature (i.e. news report). As mentioned in our Editorial Independence Policy, all stories produced by Community members are clearly labeled — with the member’s name appearing in the menu bar and at the top and bottom of each story.


Accuracy Standards

Waging Nonviolence is committed to ensuring the accuracy of everything we publish. We count on our writers and editors to make independent evaluations of difficult topics, to report on and analyze those topics using verifiable facts, and to clearly identify the sources of all information presented. Whenever possible, we provide direct links to original sources and data directly in a given article. We stand by the accuracy of our reporting, and strive to quickly and transparently correct any errors.

Waging Nonviolence follows the Associated Press Stylebook, but also has a style guide that provides information on any deviations as well as on the common terms and style issues encountered in our work.


Corrections Policy

In cases where we make a substantive correction to a story, we will make the change within the piece and add a note to the end of the article indicating what we have changed and why.

If a broader change is made that affects the nature of the story, we will add an editor’s note at the top of the piece that summarizes the change and explains why they were made.


Author and Source Attribution

WNV does not publish anonymous pieces or allow the use of pseudonyms for sources — except in rare instances where there’s a clear and pressing need for anonymity, such as a legitimate concern for safety or personal privacy. Such decisions are made solely at the discretion of WNV editors. 

All stories include information about the author, and each author has their own author page.


Submission Guidelines

Waging Nonviolence is always looking for new contributors. Visit our Submissions page to learn more about the kinds of stories that interest us and how to pitch your idea.


Commenting Policy

All story comments must be constructive and relevant to the post. Digressions, personal attacks, hateful language and unsubstantiated claims will be removed — as will comments tied to false email addresses, impersonations and copyright-protected material. This policy extends across all our platforms.


Community Guidelines

All Community members must agree to the following guidelines in order to publish on Waging Nonviolence.

  1. No Content that advocates military force or other overt forms of violence.
  2. No Content (including accompanying images) that infringes any copyright, invades any privacy rights, contains any libelous material or violates any other right of any person or entity.
  3. No Content that endorses a political candidate or party. 
  4. No Content that contains embedded donation buttons. Members can link to external fundraising efforts.
  5. No Content that disparages other Members or their work. 


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Editors

Bryan Farrell

Eric Stoner

Associate Editor

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Loretta Graceffo

Akin Olla

Contributing Editors

Catalina Adorno

Nada Alwadi

Kate Aronoff

Javier Gárate

Kirsten Han

David Ragland

Jose Vasquez

Columnists

Frida Berrigan

Nadine Bloch

Kazu Haga

George Lakey

Correspondents

Loretta Graceffo

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Phil Wilmot

Community Editors

Ryan Hall (Campaign Nonviolence)

Ethan Vesely-Flad (Fellowship of Reconciliation)

Stephanie Van Hook (Metta Center for Nonviolence)

Craig S. Brown (Resistance Studies Initiative)

Shiyam Galyon and Semih Sampaz (War Resisters)

Matt Meyer (IPRA Peace Search)

Board of Advisors

Andy Bichlbaum

Erica Chenoweth

John Dear

John Jackson

Mary Elizabeth King

Kathy Kelly

Matt Meyer

Daniel Mulkoff

Maya Schenwar

Board of Directors

Bryan Farrell

Lucas Johnson

Jamila Raqib

Nathan Schneider

Eric Stoner