FAQ

Q: What is Franklin Center’s mission?

A: Franklin Center focuses on providing journalistic training, technical support and information resources to state-based non-profit organizations and reporters. Franklin Center hopes that its comprehensive assistance can aid in the 4th Estate’s ability to achieve transparency in government at the local, state and federal levels.

Q: Why was Franklin Center founded?

A: Following Benjamin Franklin’s credo, “no person’s liberty or property is secure when the legislature is in session,” Franklin Center got to work recruiting veteran reporters to train former newsman, as well as “citizen journalists” in new media technology and journalistic techniques to continue the proud tradition of investigative reporting.

Q: What is a 501(c)3?

A: A 501(c)3 is an Internal Revenue Service recognized tax exempt non-profit, non-partisan organization. Donations to Franklin Center are tax deductible.

Q: What kind of journalists does Franklin Center support?

A: Franklin Center works with journalists of all stripes, including Pulitzer Prize finalists, Peabody and Cronkite award winners, and citizen investigators. The center also helps supports and trains reporters at state-based non-profit groups.

Q: What are its journalistic standards?

A: Franklin Center holds its reporters to the highest journalistic standards, as laid out by the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Every Franklin Center Employee is required to abide by these standards.

Q: What professional organizations is Franklin Center and its staff associated with?

A: Franklin Center and its staff are members of the State Policy Network, Association of Capitol Beat Reporters and the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization.