HighlandsCurrent.org is operated by Highlands Current Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Cold Spring, New York. Its mission is to be a fair and trusted source of information for the Hudson Highlands communities of Cold Spring, Garrison, Nelsonville, Philipstown and Beacon and to provide a lively forum for wide-ranging views.
Its coverage seeks to reflect the rich variety of interests, concerns and experiences of our readers and to communicate their stories in the most up-to-date manner possible. Its staff strives to report without bias or favor for any particular agenda or partisan political point of view.
The website began in 2010 as Philipstown.Info and the newspaper in 2012 as The Paper. The organization was founded in 2010 by Gordon Stewart. Together the website and the newspaper have won 45 New York Press Association awards for excellence in various categories.
The website and a weekly newspaper, The Highlands Current, are supported by advertising and tax-deductible donations from our readers.
How We Report
The Highlands Current is a member of The Trust Project, a consortium of news outlets that has adopted standards to allow readers to more easily assess the credibility of their journalism. Our best practices, including our verification and correction policies, can be accessed here.
Editorial Independence Policy
Highlands Current Inc. subscribes to the policy set forth by the Institute for Nonprofit News, as follows:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We will 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 also 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. 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.