About MTFP

John S. Adams

The Montana Free Press is an independent source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis.

Founded by veteran award-winning investigative and political reporter John S. Adams, MTFP seeks to uncover the truth and bring to light important news stories by studying arcane bureaucratic processes, seeking out dark corners of major institutions, digging deep into data and documents, and holding those in power accountable to the people.

Our coverage spans the Big Sky State with an emphasis on government, politics, natural resources, energy, social justice, health care, and the environment.

We work independently and in collaboration with other news outlets around Montana to produce meaningful news stories that have an impact on the lives and livelihoods of local communities.

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

MTFP is supported by individuals and organizations who value in-depth, investigative news coverage and analysis. We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that retains 100% authority over our 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.

MTFP accepts 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.

MTFP 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 and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Donor Transparency

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

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.

Major Support Provided By

Daylight Foundation – $65,000

David & Linda Cornfield – $20,000

Philip I. Kent Foundation – $10,000

Silicon Valley Community Foundation – $11,000

Montana Health Care Foundation – $5,000

Cloud Mountain Foundation – $5,000

Montana Free Press Board of Directors

The Montana Free Press is led by veteran political and investigative reporter John S. Adams. Adams was formerly the Capital Bureau Chief of the Great Falls Tribune and a correspondent for USA TODAY. His award-winning, hard-hitting news stories have appeared nationally and even internationally. Adams is known throughout the state as a dogged investigator whose unbiased reporting has changed the shape of Montana politics. Adams brings that energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the Montana Free Press as its founding Editor-in-Chief and President of the MTFP Board of Directors.

Jessie Schandelson is an award-winning investigative journalist, licensed private investigator, and founding director of the Montana Innocence Project. Schandelson brings her years of journalism, investigative, nonprofit and grant-writing experience to the MTFP board as the organization’s Treasurer.

Andrew Geiger is a consultant specializing in human resource management and governmental affairs, with a focus on local and state government. He has more than twenty years of experience in working with private and public sector organizations. Geiger is a former policy analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, and served as Communications Director for the Montana Department of Commerce. Geiger was also former lead staff to the Montana Legislature’s Economic Affairs Committee.

Greg Lind is a Missoula anesthesiologist and former Democratic state senator who served two terms in the Montana Legislature. Lind is a passionate advocate for transparency and openness in government and brings that passion as a founding member of the MTFP Board of Directors.

John Brueggeman is a successful businessman and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Brueggeman is the Oregon-based executive vice-president of the Motor Vehicle Software Corporation. Before that he served 10 years as a Republican in the Montana Legislature. He was first elected to the House at age 21, and went on to serve in the State Senate where he chaired the Transportation Committee.

Past Board Members

Brett Schandelson

Editorial Advisory Committee

Charles S. Johnson, Retired Statehouse Bureau Chief, Lee Newspapers

Brad Tyer, Editor, Missoula Independent

Chad Harder, photojournalist

Montana Free Press Advisers

Sidney Armstrong, Senior Adviser

Lawrence Pettit, Senior Adviser

Jim Rickman, Senior Adviser

 

We are a proud member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and an associate member of the Montana Newspaper Association.

 

Our stories have appeared in the following publications and news outlets:

Belgrade NewsBillings GazetteBoulder MonitorBozeman Daily ChronicleExplore Big SkyFlathead BeaconGreat Falls Tribune logohelena-logo copylbn_logo_actMissoula CurrentMissoulianMissoula IndyMainstreetMTcomMontana PioneerMontana Standardlogo_fidMountain OutlawRavalli RepublicSidney HeraldThe Western NewsYellowstone Public Radio

Privacy Policy

It is important to remember that visitors to our site understand what information we gather about them, how we use it, and how we work to protect it.  By using our website, and/or signing up for services such as membership or our newsletter, you consent to information practices outlined in our Privacy Policy.

Information Collection

We track how our visitors use this site so that we can see what people like and don’t like. We also analyze and aggregate information about use patterns and share the aggregated data with our advertisers (for example, we keep track of how many users see and click on particular advertisements). We may also collect personal information about you via registration for newsletters, commenting, donations, membership and other areas. Where you have an opportunity to supply information about yourself you may choose not to provide requested information but in such cases you may not be able to use certain functions on this website.

We will not release your name, email address or any other personal information to anyone outside MontanaFreePress.org without your consent, unless we are under a legal order to do so, or there is an emergency involving danger to a person or property. We will not provide our advertisers or anyone else outside MontanaFreePress.org with any information specific to you unless we have your consent.

If you chose to provide your personally identifiable information for the purposes of a third-party contest, survey or newsletter, your consent shall be deemed to be given for the release of your personally identifiable information with regard to that third party only, in addition to MontanaFreePress.org. Only authorized Montana Free Press employees or consultants are allowed access to personal information about you. Any employee or consultant who violates our privacy and security policies is subject to disciplinary action.

We occasionally have service contractors, third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures that perform functions on our behalf, including but not limited to credit card processing and website hosting. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of the data. They are restricted from using or altering this data in anyway other than to provide the requested services to MontanaFreePress.org. In addition, we may always share, disclose, and transfer all information, postings, and any and all other personal and non-personal information we have collected to a successor-entity in the case of the sale of the assets of Montana Free Press, corporate reorganization, merger, change in control, or other similar transaction.

Remember that any information you share in public areas, such as the MontanaFreePress.org comments area, becomes public and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public. We encourage visitors to MontanaFreePress.org to be cautious about what they disclose and that they do not post any personal information that they expect to keep private. Personally Identifiable Information is information that can be used to contact you or determine your specific identity.  If other information is linked to this information, it also becomes Personally Identifiable Information.

Social Sharing

We embed a Facebook widget to allow you to see number of likes/shares/recommends and “like/share/recommend” our webpages. This widget may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as “liking/sharing/recommending” our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update

We use a Twitter Tweet widget at our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet our webpages using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://twitter.com/en/privacy#update

We use a GooglePlus widget at our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Google’s servers for you to be able to share our webpages using your GooglePlus account. These requests make your IP address visible to Google, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

We use a Linkedin Share widget at our website to allow you to share our webpages on Linkedin. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

We use Pinterest Save widget at our website to allow you to pin images to Pinterest from our webpages. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policy.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy

We use Reddit Badge widget at our website which may log information when you interact with the widget. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, user interactions (e.g., voting data), the requested URL and hardware settings, in accordance with their privacy policy: https://www.redditinc.com/policies/privacy-policy

We use StumbleUpon Badge widget at our website which may log information when you interact with the widget. Log Data is a form of Non-Identifying Information, in accordance with their privacy policy: http://www.stumbleupon.com/privacy

Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information

Anonymous Information is any information other than Personally Identifiable Information, including aggregate information derived from Personally Identifiable Information.

MontanaFreePress.org  may use this information:

  • To improve the MontanaFreePress.org website and service, to monitor traffic and general usage patterns, and for other general business purposes.
  • To inform publishers as to what content is appealing to readers, to inform advertisers of the usage habits or characteristics of the interested audience, and to advise potential donors so that they may better understand MontanaFreePress.org’s user base.
Cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web site’s servers and stored on your computer. Each web site can send its own cookies to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) most browsers only permit a web site to access the cookies that the same web site has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

MontanaFreePress.org may use cookies to identify you as a repeat visitor or customer of the website, to maintain session information for logged in users, and to track usage trends and patterns in order to better understand and improve areas of our website.

MontanaFreePress.org has no control over whether and how our advertisers use cookies that originate from their website. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but you may not be able to take full advantage of our site’s features.

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf.  These companies may employ cookies and action tags to measure advertising effectiveness. All computers and servers on the internet use IP addresses to recognize and communicate with each other. We collect IP addresses to administer and analyze our site and report aggregate, non-personal information (such as how many visitors we have). When you call up our site on your computer, our servers enter the IP address of that computer into a log. To maintain our users’ anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information.

We do not and cannot use cookies or IP address tracking to retrieve personal information from your computer.

Security

MontanaFreePress.org employs a number of security methods designed to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information. Your personal data will be stored within a database that is located behind a firewall for added security.

No data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be secure.  As a result, while we try to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. We are not liable for the illegal acts of any third party.

We do not encrypt normal web sessions, however any transmission to the MontanaFreePress.org website or service of credit card information uses SSL encryption to help protect the data.

Links to Other Sites

MontanaFreePress.org provides links and pointers to Web sites maintained by other organizations. MontanaFreePress.org provides these links as a convenience to users, but it does not operate or control such sites. MontanaFreePress.org also disclaims any responsibility for the information on those sites and any products or services offered there, and cannot vouch for the privacy policies of such sites. MontanaFreePress.org does not make any warranties or representations that any linked sites, or this site, will function without error or interruption, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites and their servers are free of viruses and other problems that can harm your computer.

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If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Children

MontanaFreePress.org is not directed to children (persons under the age of 13), and we do not knowingly collect, either online or offline, Personally Identifiable Information from children. If you believe that we have received information from a person under 13, please contact us by email at info@mtfp.org or in writing at P.O. Box 1415, Helena, MT 59624, and we will take appropriate action.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

MontanaFreePress.org may change its privacy policy from time to time.  If we make any changes regarding disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, we will post notice of the new policy on our home page.

Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability

ALTHOUGH WE TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS TO OUR SITE, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT OUR SITE OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR SITE ARE FREE FROM SUCH DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR HARM ATTRIBUTABLE TO SUCH FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY BASED ON ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN OUR SITE, NOR FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS SITE OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or our use of your information, please email info@mtfp.org.

Advertising Acceptability Policy

Montana Free Press reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement or sponsorship it is offered.

Montana Free Press will decline to accept advertising that it knows or believes to be misleading, inaccurate, fraudulent or illegal, or that fails to comply, in Montana Free Press’s sole discretion, with its standards of decency, taste or dignity.

Montana Free Press, like all quality publishers of original journalism, maintains a clear separation between news and advertising content.  Advertising that attempts to blur this distinction in a manner that, in Montana Free Press’s sole judgment, confuses readers will be rejected.