Founded by Meredith McCulloch, Kim Siebert MacPhail and Julie McCay Turner in June 2012, The Bedford Citizen was established to fulfill the following mission:
The Bedford Citizen is organized for and will be operated exclusively for educating the public about the local issues and events that affect the understanding and engagement of Bedford, Massachusetts residents and others interested in small-town democracy. It will be a center for information about local groups that enhance the cultural and social fabric of the community. The Bedford Citizen will be a virtual civil meeting place for matters of importance to those who live or work in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Click the following links to read about:
- The Bedford Citizen’s beginnings
- The policies that guide what we publish.
- Advertising Acceptability Policy
- Editorial Independence Policy
- Donor Transparency Policy
The Bedford Citizen is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and
an authorized corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Bedford Citizen’s Board of Directors – June 7, 2018
- Teri Morrow, President, and Publisher
- Jared J. Wolf, Treasurer
- Mitch Evans, Clerk
Serving through 2019
- Robert M. Dorer
- Teri Morrow
- Virginia Packer
Serving through 2020
- Mitch Evans
- Gene Kalb
- Emily Mitchell, Resigned in December, 2018
- Sarita Pillai
- Jared Wolf
Serving through 2021
- Meredith McCulloch
- Lalitha Ranganath
- Virginia H. Spencer
- Julie McCay Turner
- Part 1 Ginni Spencer, Nancy Asbedian, Dot Bergin, Joan Bowen, and Bob Dorer
- Part 2 Jerry Wolf, Mitch Evans, Gene Kalb, Meredith McCulloch, and Emily Mitchell
- Part 3 Terri Morrow, Ginny Packer, Sarita Pillai, and Julie Turner
The Bedford Citizen reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement or sponsorship it is offered.
The Bedford Citizen will decline to accept advertising that it knows or believes to be misleading, inaccurate, fraudulent or illegal, or that fails to comply, in The Bedford Citizen’s sole discretion, with its standards of decency, taste or dignity.
The Bedford Citizen, like all quality publishers of original journalism, maintains a clear separation between news and advertising content. Advertising that attempts to blur this distinction in a manner that, in The Bedford Citizen’s sole judgment, confuses readers will be rejected.
The Bedford Citizen subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Citizen retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all 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.
The Bedford Citizen 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.
The Citizen will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 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 and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.