About

Watershed Voice launched on April 8, 2020 with the help of funding and support from local businesses and readers like you. We are an independent nonprofit online news magazine based in Three Rivers, Michigan that aims to serve as a reputable source for local news and culture in Southwest Michigan.

We update our website at least five days a week through the combined efforts of our staff and citizen journalists from around the county and state. If you would like to submit a story for review and publication, click here.

Editorial Independence 

We follow the standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News which are as follows:

Our organization 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.

Our organization 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.

Our organization 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.

Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of our organization, including funding.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Watershed Voice?

Watershed Voice is an independent nonprofit online news magazine based in Three Rivers, Michigan that aims to serve as a reputable source for local news and culture in Southwest Michigan.

Will this be a print or online publication?

We are online only. With no print deadline or space considerations we can print what we want, when we want.

Why a nonprofit?

Main Street Media Group — the parent company of WSV — is incorporated with the state as a nonprofit organization, meaning any profits gained will go back into the business to ensure the publication’s growth and sustainability for years to come. Papers around the country are folding because the old model no longer works. Newsrooms are shrinking, ad revenue is drying up, and people are going online for the bulk of their news. It’s our intention to address these challenges with your help.

Is the Main Street Media Group/Watershed Voice tax-exempt?

No. Watershed Voice is not currently tax-exempt. It is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation and is governed by a board of directors rather than a sole proprietor or stockholders.