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How it works
On Civil, journalists, and readers run the show. The community manages the network to ensure it remains a haven for ethical journalism. All Civil newsrooms commit to adhering to the Civil Constitution as part of their application process.
- Submit your application
- Sign the Civil Constitution
- Civil community vets your application
- You’re automatically approved if there are no challenges
Get started with these steps
Create a Civil account We’ll walk you through creating a Civil account and setting up a wallet. This wallet acts as your personal identity on our network – one that only you own and have full control of your data.
Get feedback on your newsroom charter Use this worksheet (PDF) as your guide, and fill out your newsroom charter. Join the community on Discourse and request feedback before submitting it to The Registry for review.
Submit newsroom charter for review Your newsroom charter is your application to join Civil. It includes your newsroom’s website URL, journalistic mission and purpose, and short biographies of key journalists.
Download this charter worksheet (PDF) to use as your guide
Join the community on Discourse Civil uses a forum software called Discourse to facilitate conversations between journalists and readers. Each Civil newsroom has its own Discourse channel once the charter is submitted. Sign up to meet like-minded supporters of independent journalism, interact with other journalists from Civil newsrooms, share and discuss articles, and work together to run the Civil platform.