Who, what, when, where, and why?
Where is Tomorrow based?
Tomorrow is based in Glasgow, Scotland, though the goal is to be headquartered where we can best engage with community.
What does Tomorrow cover?
As you can tell from our principles, we are looking for a variety of news, features, investigations, history pieces and satire. We might look for a local story first, but set it within a global context.
We are primarily interested in exclusive stories – anyone can blog about the stories everyone else is reporting. Tomorrow aims to be different. We also won’t aggregate. We need to be able to vouch for the accuracy of what we report, and you need to be able to trust what we do.
So if you’re considering sending a press release, it will likely get deleted because you’re releasing it to everyone.
We have no provision for sport currently beyond our athlete in residence programme, but with a view to expand in future. Our sports coverage will not rank sports according to gender or ability/disability.
We do not have plans to consider running fiction, poetry, etc as part of this site, but have long-term plans to support creativity in various forms.
As with all news organisations, we make editorial decisions about what is “news” and what is not. But we will cover a breadth of issues and look into any tips or suggestions you may have to see if there is a potential story. For sensitive tips, please see our section on Safe Harbour.
Why don’t you have commentaries?
Bluntly, because everyone else does. The volume and speed of comment pieces on the web has devalued news and tainted facts. On many news sites today, you can’t tell the difference. As stated in principle 11, we want to inspire “responsible debate and mediation” – that doesn’t mean provoking fights or reaction with pointless commentary; and we report on the world (principle 9, “observe and engage”), not on ourselves.
We will occasionally offer analysis from experts, but this will be carefully balanced and required to provide extensive factual back-up.
Why core principles and are there others?
The model for core principles was developed to offer a stronger and more enduring foundation for journalism. Technology is merely a tool for meeting our principles, rather than the basis for our journalism. Rather than constantly chasing new developments to find readers, we must find the content to justify the interest and donations by readers, and that can be achieved only through core principles. Any journalistic organisation could come up with their own set of principles, and we have tested this model with a Scottish school to great reception. We put it up front so you know what we’re about, how we operate and what defines us.
How do you meet principle 3 for “independence and accountability”?
We have plans for a citizens’ jury system to hold us to account, but this must come later with a permanent base. We welcome any questions you may have about our accountability in the meantime.
Tomorrow will never endorse a political party or candidate in any election. Although individual staff of the organisation are expected to and do participate in democracy (and civil society, such as when called for jury service), this is very separate from our reporting. We would urge reporters not to make political donations, but cannot ban it.
We do not demand nor do we profess objectivity – it doesn’t exist. Our reporting aims to present the observed, the confirmed and the debated from a balance approach. All our staff are human and have their own backgrounds and perspectives, which bring a richness and diversity to the creative process within Tomorrow. We respect that individuality, inherent in the basis of our fundamental first principle of freedom of expression, and that allows our staff to have and express personal opinions in public and via social and other media. But they should identify a clear distinction between what is personal opinion and what is the reported content of Tomorrow. We entitle staff to have private relationships and communication with friends and family. But correspondence with interviewees is subject to potential publication, to adhere to principle 3.
Financial Accountability and Independence
Who owns Tomorrow?
Tomorrow is owned and operated by directing editor Tristan Stewart-Robertson. He draws no money from the site and start-up costs have been funded from his freelance reporting work and the generous volunteer efforts of others. For the near future, he will not draw any income from the site. Any donations made to Tomorrow will be held in a Paypal account and we will publish how we are using the money annually and in as detailed a way as possible (for example, it would be inappropriate to reveal what individual staff/writers/etc are paid what money, security details, etc, but we will acknowledge freelance rates).
The ultimate goal is to make Tomorrow a not-for-profit trust. The legal specifics of this have to be worked out in time, but to be a viable and independent news organisation, Tomorrow will be not-for-profit. That’s not to say all profits will go back into the organisation, however. We plan to be very involved in communities with money available – but this is much further down the line. Tomorrow is a public and principled news service – it is not driven to make money for individuals or shareholders.
If you have concerns about how we’re run initially, do feel free to contact us, or perhaps consider a donation to help move us ever closer to the proper financial and legal framework we need.
We are tied to no bank loans, government grants, major corporations or otherwise. Anyone can make donations but that guarantees no immunity from public interest reporting. Just as anyone, of any background, can buy a newspaper or watch TV, we cannot restrict donations based on personal background. We can merely assure visitors that no donation will ever affect our reporting.
We can never be bought. Period.
How much are your freelance rates?
As we currently have no budget, we don’t have any rates. But we also don’t believe in making reporters/photographers/etc work for free. We hope to be able to publish set rates in the future.
Will you ever charge for content on Tomorrow?
Our content is offered freely as the only way to justify our principles. That will remain the case. Some occasional special features – ie items you would download rather than read online – will request a small fee because it is an augmentation of our regular service. We cannot reconcile a paywall against our core principles.
Still more questions?
Do you have a style guide?
We are developing this and will make it freely available on the site.
How are articles checked?
All articles must go through two sub-editors and include citations of relevant links, screen grabs, and supporting documentation. More specific details about these procedures will be included on our site in the future.