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Join our community of trusted newsrooms on Civil, and get free access to all our tools. Fund your projects, grow your audience engagement, and get access to a growing set of tools to support your journalism.

Be part of a community of trusted newsrooms.

Join our community of nearly 100 newsrooms from around the globe. Connect and learn from a network of thousands of journalists from 26 countries.

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Get validated as a trusted news organization

When you earn the approval of the Civil community, that means others know you practice trustworthy journalism and can support you with confidence.

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.

  1. Submit your application
  2. Sign the Civil Constitution
  3. Civil community vets your application
  4. You’re automatically approved if there are no challenges
Learn more about the Civil Registry

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.

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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.

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