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Underscore

Underscore Media Collaboration specializes in collaborative journalism. We partner with established media organizations to leverage resources across newsrooms and produce tough-to-fund, important stories that really matter. Those stories are published online and distributed in cooperation with our media partners.

Founded by the former Oregon team of InvestigateWest, we have a track record for managing complex projects and explaining complicated issues. We support projects that are staffed by skilled journalists, photojournalists and data analysts who tackle public service journalism. Our partners include radio and newspaper partners, magazines and documentarians. Across those platforms, our quality is consistent: we combine deeply probing journalism with superb writing and excellent storytelling.

Whether analyzing concussion records from public high schools, data on housing trends in urban markets, or legal trends in Indian Country, we focus on telling compelling stories that untangle difficult issues and are critical to the equitable functioning of the communities we serve.

UNDERSCORE is a nonprofit organization, supported by grants and donations and committed volunteers. We are led by a dedicated board, a talented executive director, and an Indian Country Advisory Team that counsels us on our Indian Country reporting.

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Editorial Independence Policy

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.