FAQs

FAQs

Orb has several unique qualities.

The first is our perspective: Every story is crafted to reveal our interdependent world to a global audience. We produce journalism that has been liberated from the political, cultural and national biases that often impact which stories are told and how.

Our tone sets us apart: As the sole social institution charged with bringing real time information about our unfolding world to the public, journalism has a responsibility to reveal our world as it is, rather than as we’d like it to be. That means challenging assumptions, revealing our shared interests and bringing a refreshing tone of humility to everything we cover.

Investigative Journalism​: Orb’s original research and reporting is generally considered investigative in nature. We work to bring new information to the public based primarily in advanced data analytics and original physical science. Orb digs deep on the issues we report endeavoring to bring a wholistic understanding of the topic, as well as what is new that we’ve discovered, to a global audience.​

Our Topical Focus: Orb’s stories focus on eight core topics – Food, Water, Energy, Health, Education, Environment, Trade and Governance. Orb also categorizes our work by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.​

We take a proactive journalistic approach: Rather than delivering event-driven, reactive content, Orb uses our data analysis and active community to identify emerging and important stories. Through the stories we tell, Orb demonstrates that our world is built on interlocking human and natural systems, rather than a series of random events.

We have redesigned the editorial process: If you want a different result, you need to change your process, right? We’re fusing data science, the knowledge that exists in the crowd and the work of professional journalists to produce our stories.

How we deliver our stories is radically different: We publish each story on OrbMedia.org in multiple formats and languages. We also publish simultaneously with a global cohort of leading national media brands, the Orb Media Network. We also parter across sectors, working with NGO’s, organizations and stake holders in the topics we cover. By working in this way Orb both catalyzes global dialogue and empowers individuals to act, shaping our world.

We registered as a non-profit organization in the United States because we want to be clear that we exist to serve you, the public, with our quality journalism about the world around us. Corporate owned journalism organizations will always have a tension between their duty to serve their shareholders and their unique role in serving the public. When those two compete, the public usually loses.

We want to be built and supported by the global community that values our work. We respect that audience and want to bring them into the reporting process as stakeholders in their own information system.

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President and CEO Molly Bingham launched Orb with a significant initial investment. This investment, along with crowd funding, foundation and other individual support has funded scoping and planning activities, the production of five alpha and 2018’s six beta stories demonstrate proof of concept and have laid the foundation to scale the organization.​

We are seeking individual and institutional investment to secure financing through 2022 while we build partnerships, a global networked organization and strengthen the business model, scaling globally to achieve our potential. To support Orb, visit our donate page

Orb is governed by an independent Board of Directors that is responsible for organizational oversight, management accountability and for assessing the overall direction and strategy of Orb. In addition to its Board of Directors, Orb is currently of developing a team of business and journalism advisors to ensure the highest standards of excellence. If you would like to become an Orb advisor, please contact us.

If you would like to republish an Orb story in any way, please contact us at info@orbmedia.org.

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Get in touch with our technical support team at info@orbmedia.org.

We believe that public feedback is not a one-way street -- that is, simply publishing your comments or letters. Instead, we are committed to engaging with you and taking action based on your suggestions, complaints and other feedback. You may help us develop an individual story or line of coverage, answer questions that a story may raise, identify related or under-covered issues, and teach us about new and diverse sources, experts and perspectives.

In line with this, we are committed to providing greater transparency about how news is produced and offering regular points of contact and interaction. We believe that news organizations have a responsibility to engage with the public on the values, issues and ideas of the day, and that we have much to gain in return.

You can see the various ways to reach and engage with us on our Contact page. We actively monitor our general inbox Info@OrbMedia.org so you can always reach us that way too.

The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, is developing transparency standards that help you easily assess the quality and credibility of journalism.​

The Trust Indicators developed by the project are standardized disclosures that provide clarity on a news organization’s ethics and other standards for fairness and accuracy, a journalist’s background, and the work behind a news story. More than 75 news organizations collaborated to create them.​

They are the first to give search engines and social media platforms the consistent technical standards they need to surface quality news.​

The Trust Project tech partners, who are investigating ways to use the Trust Indicators to surface and display quality journalism, include Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter.​

Orb participates in the Trust Project because we know that the information, misinformation and disinformation in the digital space are both overwhelming and hard to separate. The Trust Project supports the public’s ability to quickly identify quality reporting to inform themselves and we think that’s great!

POLICIES

Please find our privacy policies here.

Orb commits to do its best to publish accurate information across all of its content. We take many steps to ensure accuracy: We investigate claims with skepticism; question assumptions; challenge conventional wisdom; confirm information with subject-matter experts; and seek to corroborate what sources tell us by talking with other informed people or consulting documents. We verify content, such as technical terms, stats, etc, against source documents or make clear who is providing the information.We may share relevant components of a story with a primary source or an outside expert to verify them.

We stand by the information as accurate, and if it’s not, we will change it as quickly as possible and be transparent with our readers about the magnitude of the error.

We guide our journalists to ask the following questions when double-checking information in a quest for the truth.

  • How do you know?
  • How can you be sure?
  • Where is the evidence?
  • Who is the source, and how does the source know?
  • What is the supporting documentation?

Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Orb mission. We prize diversity of thinking and acting as journalists. The complex issues we face as a society require respect for different viewpoints. Race, class, generation, gender and geography all affect point of view. Reflecting these differences in our reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and a better-informed community.

We seek diverse voices in our management and reporting staff. Our staffing report is still being developed and a link will be provided when finalized.

Publishing accurate and factual information is at the heart of Orb’s mission. Orb is committed to telling readers when an error has been made, the magnitude of the error and the correct information, as quickly as possible. Practically, this means digitally amending/updating the story and posting a note in italics at the end of the story about the change/correction. This commitment and transparency is applicable to small errors as well as large, to short news summaries as well as large feature pieces.

Orb challenges the way we see the world and brings us closer together around the things we share. By telling stories that show how we are interconnected and highlighting trans-national and cross-cultural collaboration, Orb provides the information necessary to fuel individual action, ultimately shaping our world. Orb is built on a nonprofit framework because we believe that as a nonprofit we can better serve the public’s interest rather than the bottom line.

What does it mean for Orb to be a nonprofit news organization? It means that we act as a public charity with the purpose of educating and informing a global audience. It means that Orb is a true member of our global community and not a corporation with business interests. It also means that Orb is supported by donations by individual donors, memberships, foundations, corporate sponsorships, syndication and other revenue streams.

While our nonprofit business model may be unique, our journalism ethics are firmly grounded and they underscore all that we do. Our reputation, in fact our existence, is predicated on holding our journalism code of ethics sacred. This doctrine covers not only our journalists and editors but also anyone who is contracted to work on or produce a story with Orb:

Our readers, our world, deserve journalism that is truthful, free of bias and challenges all our assumptions. We deliver content that is accurate, respectful, doesn’t harbor any of our own special interests and challenges all of us about what we think we know. Our journalism must meet the high demands of our readers; all our journalism will undergo diligent verification. All Orb team members are required to reveal any conflicts of interest in advance of commencing work on an Orb story or at the point they are discovered if after work has begun and share them with their supervisor. In the end, the stories we report will be an accurate and complete reflection of our shared, global story. They will be the best that we can do.

Orb will only use unnamed sources in very rare cases where the importance of the information provided can be undoubtedly defined as much bigger than the importance of transparency. The CJO and the CEO will know the identity of the source and the information provided by the source will be checked and controlled and only reported if it meets Orb's usual requirements for documentation. Orb will never identify the source to anybody without the written acceptance from the source.

State Nonprofit Disclosures

Certain states require written disclosures for nonprofit organizations soliciting contributions. Individual state disclosures are below.

Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352 (800-HELP-FLA), OR VISITING www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Registration #CH53694

Maryland::For the cost of copies and postage, from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

Virginia: From the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

Washington: From the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-4483 or http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/

REGISTRATION WITH A STATE AGENCY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THAT STATE.

More information about charity state disclosure requirements and nonrofit fundraising registrations.