Founded in 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow is a hyperlocal journalism nonprofit with a mission to expand civic engagement and foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interdependent community. Supported entirely by contributions from readers, grants from foundations and philanthropists and the Knight Foundation’s NewsMatch fund, Charlottesville Tomorrow delivers in-depth reporting and analysis on local issues with the goal of improving local decision-making. Through our weekly email newsletter, website and social media channels, Charlottesville Tomorrow reaches more than 25,000 readers each month with our coverage.

 

Editorial independence

Charlottesville Tomorrow subscribes 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.

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.

Our mission

Charlottesville Tomorrow delivers in-depth reporting and analysis that improves local decision-making. We seek to expand civic engagement to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interdependent community.

Values

Truth
Truth​ is the foundation of all great journalism, ​but truth in news is not simply the regurgitation of facts and quotes​. We commit to delivering stories that incorporate the highest standards of journalism through the use of in-depth reporting, data, diverse perspectives, human-focused storytelling, creative formats, and exhaustive sourcing. Our goal is to slow down, to develop long-term source networks, and to pursue stories that help establish shared truth in public decision-making.

Community
We believe that Charlottesville has the resources to provide opportunity and well-being for all of its people, regardless of age, race, income, gender, or nationality. We recognize that our ​community​ is made up of many interrelated and interconnected communities. In our journalism, we seek to establish healthy community dialogue, to examine solutions that solve systemic problems, and to cover the issues that matter the most to all of us.

Equity
By embracing the value of ​equity​, we commit to elevating the voices of the people most impacted by decisions and policies, and we strive to reach audiences in vulnerable communities with journalism that empowers and inspires them. We recognize that media coverage has a natural tendency to prioritize vocal, powerful, and organized interests, so we work to ensure that our coverage represents balanced, diverse, and equitable perspectives.

Charlottesville Tomorrow

We strive to provide a new kind of local journalism, focused on improving public outcomes and deepening shared trust, published ad-free and paywall free thanks to the support of readers like you.

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