About Eye on Ohio

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the public good by pursuing in-depth, underreported and high-impact journalism which exposes injustice and explores its consequences. Our reporting investigates the truth, holds those in power accountable, and seeks solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Do you use anonymous sources? No. As a small organization, we value our credibility and have decided that any possible big story from an anonymous source is outweighed by the potential loss of trust from our audience.
  • Can I pay to put a story on your site? NO. All donations go to funding journalism in the public interest. We do not accept money to publish stories or pay interviewees for stories.
  • Are you liberal or conservative? Neither. No one on staff has ever worked for a political campaign, and we try to make sure stories are unbiased and nonpartisan. We do not endorse any candidates. We do not have any opinion pieces.

Corrections Policy

Eye on Ohio makes every effort to edit and fact-check all stories before publication. However, we invite any reader feedback if you notice something is wrong, such as this example. Please use this form to notify us. Or call 646-397-7761.

Privacy Policy

Eye on Ohio does not ever sell your personal information. We have no ads on our site, though we do ask you, our community, to directly support our work.

Ethics Policy

We are committed to using the best practices of other non-profit journalism organizations around the country, seek the advice of experts in this field, collaborate when possible with other media partners, and produce valuable, high-impact stories to serve the public good. Though we will use new technology and modern media platforms, our work will reflect the highest principles and standards of the best in traditional investigative journalism. Eye on Ohio adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

Diversity Statement

Eye on Ohio is committed to covering all Ohioans, not just a limited demographic segment. Over the past five years, we have incorporated 70 different writers, from all walks of life. And in 2021 won Best Minority Issues Reporting from the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. Unlike a traditional news source that has to think about the number of clicks to power its ad sales, we have the opposite model: what are the information needs of our community? What stories are going untold?

Funding Policy

We have a commitment to producing journalism that is accurate, fair and complete, which acts with honesty, transparency and independence, including from conflicts of interest. To ensure our freelancer adhere to these policies, they sign contracts acknowledging they have read our guidelines, and an editor fact-checks their work. Also, we list all major donors on our Sponsors Page, and we cite potential conflicts of interest on the same page as the relevant work. We do not allow any funder to make editorial decisions on our behalf.

We want to hear from you

As a local newsroom, we strive to have an active and ongoing relationship with our audience. If you have a comment or question, please contact us through our form or call us at (646) 397-7761.

History

Eye on Ohio was incorporated in the state of Ohio in August 2012 to advance the practice of non-profit investigative journalism.  We received our status as an independent 501c3 organization in April 2014. We started regularly publishing in January 2018.

As has been well-documented, investigative journalism has been under siege for many years. Traditional for-profit newspapers and broadcast media, facing increasing competition from digital news outlets and pressure to boost profit margins, have been reducing reporting staff and resources spent on in-depth stories.

Because in-depth and investigative stories are expensive – they require time, experienced reporters, resources such as data-base subscriptions, mileage, costs associated with records searches, legal expenses, etc. - far too often they are on the chopping block when media companies look to trim budgets.

These are precisely the stories that are most important to our democratic society; they serve to expose wrongdoing by government, businesses or other institutions, shed light on issues vital to communities and human lives, and can lead to changes in policy, practices and legislation.

Non-profit news dates back more than three decades, with the establishment of the national Center for Investigating Reporting in Berkeley, California in the late 1970s; and the Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989; both remain major sources of in-depth news and information. Statewide and local non-profit news organizations proliferated in the 2000s. There are dozens in New York, Wisconsin, Iowa, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and many more states.

As these centers - operating on-line but often in conjunction with other media partners - have grown, so too has a support network to ensure their sustainability. The Investigative News Network, a trade association and technical support group, was founded in 2009 to provide resources and information to start-up centers. Eye on Ohio was accepted into the INN family in January 2013.