About GroundUp

GroundUp is a news agency. Our articles are made available for republication, usually under a Creative Commons license, to news publications. We report news that is in the public interest, with an emphasis on the human rights of vulnerable communities. We want our stories to make a difference. 

We value high-quality, ethical journalism. We are independent and do not promote any political party. We try to write in plain language. We also solicit and publish opinion pieces. We prefer opinion pieces that are fact-rich from people who work in the field about which they are writing.

GroundUp started in April 2012 as a joint project of Community Media Trust and the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. As of June 2020, we became a standalone non-profit company (i.e. we are no longer a project within another company).

We strive to adhere to the press code. We are members of Press Council and abide by the press ombudsman. GroundUp tries not to give a platform to pseudoscience (such as AIDS denialism or climate change denialism) or bigotry (such as  racism, sexism and homophobia) even when providing the right to reply or in the comments and letters sections. 

GroundUp currently does not run adverts.