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National Parks Traveler Editorial Independence Policy

National Parks Traveler staff, using commonly accepted journalistic practices, each day sifts through developing news events, press releases, and information provided us for content that ends up on the Traveler. The articles that appear on the Traveler are intended to educate, inform, and entertain readers, as well as to stimulate discussion and debate about how the U.S. National Park System and national parks and protected areas worldwide are managed.

Additionally, we accept guest columns that touch on any and all aspects of the national parks. As long as submissions are worded constructively they will be considered for publication on the Traveler. If a subject of an article feels they have been wronged or simply wishes to respond in a subsequent article as opposed to a comment, the editorial staff will review that request.

Our intent is that all content on the Traveler is as accurate and as clear as possible. To that end, the staff reviews all comments from readers about the articles on this site, including suggestions for possible improvements and corrections. Changes that improve accuracy and/or clarity are made as promptly as possible.

We keep separate news coverage decisions and all sources of 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 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 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 by our organization.

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