Editorial Standards

If you have any questions about our policies or standards, contact Editor Chip Rowe by email at editor@highlandscurrent.org or Senior Editor Leonard Sparks at news@highlandscurrent.org. The newspaper’s phone number is 845-809-5584.

About The Current

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How We Report

Trust MarkThe Current has been a member since September 2020 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.

Ethics Policies
Expectations for our journalists
Political involvement
Social networks
Awards and contests
Freelance work

Diverse Voices
Inclusiveness is at the heart of thinking and acting as journalists. The complex issues we face as a society require respect for different viewpoints. Race (ethnicity), class, generation, gender and geography all affect point of view. Reflecting these differences in our reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and a better-informed community. This news organization aims to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves in its staff and contributors, its editorial choices and priorities. Please let us know about stories in your neighborhood.

Diverse Staffing
We will seek diverse pools of candidates for all positions, and will always seek to hire the most qualified candidate. Our masthead lists 13 employees and regular freelancers, of which eight are men and six are women. Most of the people on our masthead (92 percent) are white, and they range in age from their 20s to their 70s.

Corrections Policy

Ownership Structure, Funding and Grants

Founding Date
The Highlands Current was founded in July 2010 in Cold Spring, New York.

Masthead

Mission/Coverage Policies
Our mission is to be a trusted independent and nonpartisan source of information on topics of importance to our Hudson Highlands communities. Through both our print edition and website, we seek to provide a vital forum for wide-ranging views and to reflect the diverse interests, concerns and experiences of our readers.

Verification and Factchecking Standards
Telling the truth
Balance and fairness
Quotations
Issues of privacy
Sources of information

Unnamed Sources Policy
We will cite or quote confidential sources sparingly and only to provide information that is vital to the story and cannot be obtained through any other source. The editor will always know the identity of any unnamed source. When we used unnamed sources, we will disclose to readers or viewers the reasons for granting confidentiality, such as fear for the source’s safety or job.

Actionable Feedback
How to contact us with letters, comments, questions or corrections.

Editorial Policies
Privacy issues
Legal issues
Removing material from archives
Mental health and suicide
No-byline policy
Obituaries
Photo and video
Advertising

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