Editorial Policies and Standards

Mission and Coverage
Ownership and Funding
Editorial Independence Policy
Ethics Policy
Reader Engagement and Feedback
Diverse Voices Statement

Additional YES! Policies and Information

Privacy Policy, Donor Transparency and Privacy Policies, Board Conflict of Interest Policy, Submissions Guidelines, Masthead

Mission and Coverage

YES! is a nonprofit, independent media organization that inspires people to create a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world through reporting, commentary, and reader engagement.

Our explanatory journalism analyzes societal problems in terms of their root causes and explores opportunities for systemic, structural change. Our stories uncover environmental, economic, and social justice intersections. Our solutions reporting spotlights the ideas and initiatives of people building a better world. Our commentaries address dominant economic, political, and social structures and consider alternative ways of thinking that can produce a more equitable and Earth-friendly world.

Ownership and Funding

YES! was founded in 1996 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are not owned by any individual or corporation. We are accountable only to you—our readers.

Our revenue comes from multiple sources including subscriptions, donations, foundation support, and earned revenue from events. YES! is ad-free: we make no money from advertising and you won’t find ads on our site or in our magazine.

More than 8,000 readers supported YES! with a donation in 2019.

Editorial Independence Policy

YES! 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 editorial activities and news judgments are made independently by the editorial department and not on the basis of donor support for the organization.

Our organization may consider donations to support coverage of particular topics, but our editorial director maintains editorial control of all 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 $500 or more per year. 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 and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards

Ethics Policy

YES! is committed to reporting that is fair, accurate, complete, transparent, and independent. YES! Media editorial policies follow the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

Reader Engagement and Feedback

YES! welcomes feedback from readers on the ideas and issues covered in our journalism. If you have ideas, questions, or comments, you can reach us at [email protected]. This address is monitored by our support team, and emails are forwarded to the appropriate departments.

Diverse Voices Statement

YES! is committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, writers, and sources. We prioritize working with writers who have lived experiences in the communities they cover.

In 2020, 32% of YES! staff are people of color, up from 17% in 2015. Three of our seven-member leadership team are people of color, and our new board co-chairs are African-American and Arab-American. For each of the last three years, more than 40% of our writers are people of color (up from 14% in 2015).