What if the news were run by the people?

The Fourth Estate as we know it is vanishing. Advertising dollars, fake news and powerful agendas are manipulating what we see and what we think we know. Our freedom, justice and even democracy are at risk. We've never been more divided.

At Civil, we believe the certainty and transparency of blockchain technology can offer a radical new way forward. With open governance and cryptoeconomics, we can create a sustainable place for local, policy and investigative journalism while achieving a high standard for accuracy and trustworthiness. Decentralization is the key to a free and independent press. Let's begin.

Civil is an ethical newsmaking platform
operated exclusively by the people.

Choose your role:

How it Works

Take back control of the news. Find newsroomsDiscover a wide range of news, including local, policy and investigative reporting. There's no limit to what journalism you can support. that deepen your understanding and go beyond the headlinesUnderstand who wrote the story by viewing their connections, sources and sponsors for clarity and in-depth knowledge.. Purchase CVL tokens to sponsor journalismForget subscriptions. Backing newsmakers on Civil means sharing in their future success. that matters most to you in a platform owned by allNo advertisers and no revenue splits, just a direct relationship between citizens and newsmakers..

Find Newsrooms Discover a wide range of news, including local, policy and investigative reporting. There's no limit to what journalism you can support.

Go Beyond the Headlines Understand who wrote the story by viewing their connections, sources and sponsors for clarity and in-depth knowledge.

Sponsor Journalism Forget subscriptions. Backing newsmakers on Civil means sharing in their future success.

Owned by All No advertisers and no revenue splits, just a direct relationship between citizens and newsmakers.

This is the future on your terms. Start a newsroomdefine your mission, build your team and grow your own news business., collaborateCreate a seamless workflow and simple agreements among reporters, editors, photographers, fact-checkers and other newsmakers to get great work done. with others and publishDraft, edit and publish on the Civil platform and distribute both in-and-out of the Civil ecosystem to easily share with your professional and social networks. great journalism. Get paidCash out CVL tokens to pay your rent or fill up the car, or hold them in order to benefit from the ecosystem's long-term growth. directly by the people affected by your reporting.

Start a Newsroom Define your mission, build your team and grow your own news business.

Collaborate Create a seamless workflow and simple agreements among reporters, editors, photographers, fact-checkers and other newsmakers to get great work done.

Publish Draft, edit and publish on the Civil platform and distribute both in-and-out of the Civil ecosystem to easily share with your professional and social networks.

Get Paid Cash out CVL tokens to pay your rent or fill up the car, or hold them in order to benefit from the ecosystem's long-term growth.

Go Beyond the News

Elegant experience. Transparent context. In-depth analytics.

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Take a Closer Look

Annotations & Deep Reference

Transparent sourcing and media literacy tips give you the tools needed to interpret the news.

Reputation

Clear and transparent scores show how well newsmakers adhere to our accuracy standards and journalistic ethics.

Floodlighting

Our recommendation engine breaks down echo chambers by showing you diverse perspectives on the news.

Microtips

In addition to newsroom sponsorships, journalists may earn microtips directly from readers for great work.

Factchecking-as-a-service

Newsmakers may harness the power of the crowd in bolstering claims and verifying facts, while designated officers transparently resolve disputes.

Smart Contracts

Civil makes it easy to form new working relationships. Use smart contracts to create secure relationships with other newsmakers, newsrooms and more.

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Annotations & Deep Reference

Transparent sourcing and media literacy tips give you the tools needed to interpret the news.

Reputation

Clear and transparent scores show how well newsmakers adhere to our accuracy standards and journalistic ethics.

Floodlighting

Our recommendation engine breaks down echo chambers by showing you diverse perspectives on the news.

Microtips

In addition to newsroom sponsorships, journalists may earn microtips directly from readers for great work.

Factchecking-as-a-service

Newsmakers may harness the power of the crowd in bolstering claims and verifying facts, while designated officers transparently resolve disputes.

Smart Contracts

Civil makes it easy to form new working relationships. Use smart contracts to create secure relationships with other newsmakers, newsrooms and more.

Sustainable newsmaking backed by ethical AI, smart contract collaboration and crypto-sponsorships provide insight into what influences the news. An entirely new way to create, distribute and fund journalism.

Our $1,000,000
Commitment

Civil has raised $1 million for its First Fleet, a diverse group of forward-thinking newsrooms that serve as our foundation. Outstanding applicants receive a grant comprised of cash and CVL tokens.

First Fleet

Pioneering. Entrepreneurial. Independent.

Maria Bustillos
Maria Bustillos

Los Angeles. Journalist, editor, entrepreneur. Bylines include The New Yorker, The Awl, Harper's, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement.

Aaron Brady
Aaron Brady

Oakland. Editor, writer. Bylines include The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, Pacific Standard. Formerly editor at The New Inquiry. Ph.D. in African Literature.

Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller

Nevada City. Editor, novelist, essayist, journalist. Bylines include New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Walrus, Longreads, Eater, The Awl.

Willy Blackmore
Willy Blackmore

Maine. Editor, writer. Bylines include Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Times, Eater, The New York Times Magazine.

Vanessa Davis
Vanessa Davis

Los Angeles. Cartoonist, author. Bylines include The New York Times, The Paris Review, SpongeBob Comics. Creator of Spaniel Rage and Make Me A Woman. 2017 recipient, Paris Review Terry Southern Prize.

Ryan Bradley
Ryan Bradley

Los Angeles. Editor, writer. Bylines include Popular Science, The New Yorker, The Awl, The New York Times Magazine. Formerly senior editor at Fortune. 2017 National Magazine Award nominee.

Trevor Alixopulos
Trevor Alixopulos

Los Angeles. Cartoonist, author. Bylines include Kramers Ergot, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seven Stories Press, Playboy, Maximum Rocknroll. Author of Mine Tonight and The Hot Breath of War.

Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones

Brooklyn. Editor, writer, musician. Bylines include The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Bookforum, Pretty Decorating, Spin, The Guardian.

First Fleet

Local. Policy. Investigative.

Popula
Popula

An alternative news and culture publication bringing international perspectives to local cuture. Written for those naturally skeptical of institutions and authorities; filling the void left by the collapse of alt-media in the digital age.

Drugged Up
Drugged Up

Grassroots, sympathetic reporting from hard-hit communities combined with policy and science coverage from Washington D.C. to Big Pharma headquarters.

Heart of Texas
Heart of Texas

In-depth coverage from one of America's fastest growing cities in the nation's fastest growing state. A bustling tech hub, dynamic political battleground and thriving food/music/arts scene.

Windy City Reporter
Windy City Reporter

A daily alternative to the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, offering everything a newspaper used to provide but no longer does. A mix of neighborhood news, business coverage, arts criticism, regional reports and headline news analysis involving City Hall. Get more than just the when, where and how, get the why.

Fintech Future
Fintech Future

A look at disruptive fintech startups, ideas and policy issues featuring interviews with founders, investors and regulators to explore the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Popula
Popula

An alternative news and culture publication bringing international perspectives to local cuture. Written for those naturally skeptical of institutions and authorities; filling the void left by the collapse of alt-media in the digital age.

Drugged Up
Drugged Up

Grassroots, sympathetic reporting from hard-hit communities combined with policy and science coverage from Washington D.C. to Big Pharma headquarters.

Heart of Texas
Heart of Texas

In-depth coverage from one of America's fastest growing cities in the nation's fastest growing state. A bustling tech hub, dynamic political battleground and thriving food/music/arts scene.

Windy City Reporter
Windy City Reporter

A daily alternative to the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, offering everything a newspaper used to provide but no longer does. A mix of neighborhood news, business coverage, arts criticism, regional reports and headline news analysis involving City Hall. Get more than just the when, where and how, get the why.

Fintech Future
Fintech Future

A look at disruptive fintech startups, ideas and policy issues featuring interviews with founders, investors and regulators to explore the opportunities and challenges ahead.

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$1 million First Fleet fund.

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In Good Company

ConsenSys

Venture production studio building decentralized applications, enterprise solutions and developer tools for blockchain ecosystems, focused primarily on Ethereum. CEO Joe Lubin and CMO Amanda Gutterman are Civil board members.

Old Town Media

Media strategy firm working with industry leaders to find new models for journalists and publishers. Led by Josh Benson, Katherine Lehr and Tom McGeveran, who is also a Civil board member.

CoinFund

Cryptoeconomics advisory team and open research community for blockchain. Led by Alex Bulkin and Jake Brukhman, lead authors of Civil's technical whitepaper.

Twin

Human-centered design & strategy firm. Specializing in social good and new tech collaborations. Led by Brandon Nygård, Sadie Coughlin-Prego, and Garret Traya.

Decentrailized Legal

Boutique law firm specializing in emergent legal issues facing the blockchain space. Led by Chris Padovano.

Klaris Law

Boutique law firm advising media companies on libel, privacy, fair use, technology and the First Amendment. Led by Ed Klaris, former general counsel to New Yorker, Conde Nast.

Civil Starts With Openness

We practice radical listening,
create space for teammates and emphasize transparency.