Monday, September 26, 2022

Republishing Our Content Guidelines


The Sierra Nevada Ally’s goal is to educate and engage. That’s why you’re welcome to republish our articles for free using the following ground rules. (Please let us know if you republish our stories; it makes us happy!)

Here’s what you need to know:

You must give us credit, ideally in this format: “by Shelley Buchanan, The Sierra Nevada Ally”

If you publish online, you must include the links from the story, and a link to

If you make changes that are more significant than style tweaks — such as adding a comment from a local official — you need to include a note like this: “Additional reporting by the … Reporter.”

You can publish our photos and graphics with the stories with which they originally appeared. For any other uses, you must seek our permission. (creator attribution of photos/graphics if in original posting)

When possible, include the following: The Sierra Nevada Ally is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs about policy, environment, and culture.

If you share the story on social media, please mention our Twitter and Facebook accounts: with a @sierranevadaally (FB)/ @SierraNVAlly (Twitter) within the post

Don’t sell the story.

Don’t sell ads against the story. Feel free, however, to publish it on a page surrounded by ads you’ve already sold.

Articles include a tracker to help us measure the reach and understand the impact of our stories. This tracker captures view counts and helps us break them down by date, your site’s domain, and from where you grabbed the article. No other information is gathered.

From time to time, The Sierra Nevada Ally publishes content written by other newsrooms as part of exclusive partnerships. Stories written by third-party partners are not available for republishing, unlike regular Sierra Nevada Ally stories. For questions, email 

We encourage you to republish our best online video content, photographs, images, and multimedia packages – all we ask is that you follow our republishing guidelines.

Unless otherwise noted, you can republish our articles for free under a Creative Commons license.

At the top of the text of your story, include a line that reads: “This story was originally published by the Sierra Nevada Ally ” You must link to the original URL of the story.

You can’t republish our material wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually. 

You can’t use our work to populate a website designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.

We do not generally permit the translation of our stories into another language.

Any website our stories appear on must include a prominent and effective way to contact you.

Extracts: you can run the first few lines or paragraphs of the article and then say: “Read the full article on The Sierra Nevada Ally” with a link back to the article.

Quotes: you can quote authors provided you include a link back to the article URL.

Print: articles can be published in print under these same rules, with the exception that you do not need to include the counter and links. We would appreciate it if you would send an image of the republished article to us so that we can share it with the author.

We want Ally stories shared widely for free by other journalism organizations. We welcome and encourage you to republish our work.

The Fine Print

All content is the property of the Sierra Nevada Ally unless otherwise noted. While we welcome and encourage the republishing and sharing of our work, the organization reserves the right to alter, cancel or otherwise change its content-sharing guidelines with or without cause and with or without notice.

We reserve the right to prohibit republication of any or all of our content on a case-by-case, story-by-story, and/or organization and/or company basis. 

Any media organization, website, blogger, or other content creator or sharer that either cannot or refuses to follow the Sierra Nevada Ally’s content-sharing guidelines will be prohibited from republishing our content in the future.

The Sierra Nevada Ally now makes all its content available for republication and/or sharing for free, but reserves the right to charge for that right at any point in the future.

Because The Sierra Nevada Ally is a nonprofit news service, please consider supporting its ongoing success by making a charitable contribution. 

You may also consider paying the Sierra Nevada Ally your organization’s standard third-party vendor fees for similar services (at a rate set by your organization) and/or contacting for underwriting or sponsorship opportunities.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. 

We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution, and link to our website.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

For The Ally to play a part in dismantling racist and other inequitable structures that have long thrived in journalism, it takes a consistent effort to hold ourselves and those in power accountable.

Here’s how we show our commitment to these values every day:

Respect: We lead with empathy for the people who read, produce, and appear in our journalism. 

History: We acknowledge and condemn the ongoing legacy of racism in the U.S. and in the institution we are part of — the press. We commit to anti-racist practices as we build our organization and conduct our work. We acknowledge and understand journalism’s failings to represent marginalized communities, and we make every effort to avoid repeating those mistakes. Our journalism takes time to explain historic reasons for mistrust and abuses, and the systems and structures responsible for injustice.

Sourcing: Ally reporters talk to people who have lived experience on the ground in an issue, not just experts. We do not give a platform to racist opinions. 

Dignity and clarity: We recognize biases in news coverage and seek to remedy these with policies and practices that ensure communities aren’t painted with broad strokes. Whenever possible, sources in our stories self-identify race, gender, and terms that may be relevant to their experience. 

We encourage thoughtful deliberation and establish expectations for identifying people and communities with dignity. 

Community Advisory Board: Community input is vital to our success. Our 10-member advisory board plays a critical role in advising the organization with a focus on improving our journalism, reaching underserved audiences, and improving our public service to the community.

Accessibility: We adopt solutions and accommodations so that those who have been systematically excluded from digital news can have access to our stories. 

Amplifying the underrepresented:  We are aware of the limitations of our staff experience and identify collaborators when we don’t have the right expertise to take on a project. We don’t just generate stories based on what we organically become aware of — instead, we build mechanisms for communities to submit stories and source ideas.

Strengthening industry standards: We call for industry-wide change so that local news can better reflect the communities it serves. 

Podcast and video: are also covered by creative commons and the same attribution requirements apply. If you have any other questions, contact