Footnote partners with academic institutions, research centers, and non-profit organizations to create articles based on the research and expertise of their scholars. The articles may be written by the academic contributors or Footnote’s editors. In either case, Footnote collaborates with scholars and institutional partners to ensure articles represent their research and expertise accurately. In some cases, Footnote receives compensation from or has a financial relationship with its institutional partners. When content is created in collaboration with these partners, a note is included on any resulting articles disclosing that they were produced in partnership with the institution in question.
With the media seeking innovative ways to effectively inform the public about increasingly complex issues, Footnote aims to create a new model for co-producing high quality content. This model combines the rigorous truth-seeking of academic research with journalism’s commitment to accuracy and objectivity. All Footnote content follows guidelines that require a high level of evidence for the claims made in an article, in the form of peer-reviewed studies published in academic journals; research and data from highly-regarded, independent research organizations; and perspectives from academic experts with deep knowledge in relevant fields.