About Us

The Pluripotent is an online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to promoting discussion of past and current events of stem cell research, dialectic of ethics of embryonic stem cell use, and to increasing overall community interest in the subject. The Pluripotent exists as a resource for evidence-based information, provocative commentary, and interactive dialogue. The Pluripotent provides a forum for ideas and opinions. The opinions expressed on the site are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pluripotent or its funders.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
1. Registering as a member of the site opens up the opportunity to comment on articles, hear from us through email and share your thoughts in other ways. We want to hear from you and be able to keep in touch!
2. Tell your friends who are also interested in speaking up to counter the misinformation coming from the opposition and encourage them to share their ideas with us—the more voices in this conversation, the better!
3. Do you regularly blog on these issues on another site? We´d love to include your blog posts here, or invite you to blog with us too as a guest blogger. The blogosphere is big and we´re trying to find the most insightful, fun and informed progressive people interested in this important work. Please let our editor know if this sounds interesting to you.
4. We celebrate the work of the outstanding network of organizations working in the field—our mission is to underscore and complement this work, not duplicate it. We seek to highlight the work of leading organizations in this field and to call attention to academic, policy and field successes. We urge readers to learn more about these wonderful organizations and to get involved in them.
5. We will not contact you without permission, or share your contact information with any other site or organization. We are here as a distribution channel, a central location for information and truth about stem cells, and a platform for community discussion. Please join us!

How Can I Get the Most Out of The Pluripotent?
• Subscribe our daily news feed delivered straight to your email inbox or our RSS newsfeed that allows you to receive instant updates on each of our content areas from Science to Relgion & Politics of stem cell research.
• Contact us at post(AT)thepluripotent(DOT)com and let us know what else we can do to contribute to the mainstream media dialogue on these issues. We want to work with you to craft and disseminate high quality, dynamic stories.
• Run our feeds and reproduce our content on your own news site by clearly attributing The Pluripotent as the source and linking back to us. Wherever possible, we also hope you will include our logo, which is available below, along with the HTML code required to embed it on your site.

For Writers and Reporters
We know how difficult it can be when you need to research, write and fact check an article in only a few hours. Take time to look through our site each day. Our top stories are right at the top of the page. In both of these places, you´ll find our staff and guest writers contributing investigative and opinion pieces that cover the most important stem cell news of the day and week – from around the world.
We´ll work with you to find those top stories, breaking news and critical commentary and help disseminate the message.

Writer´s Guidelines
Are you a freelance writer interested in stem cell research? We´d love to read your story or pitch for a special series, investigative report, opinion piece or interesting interview. Our readers are savvy about scientific issues and are interested in a full spectrum of stem cell and health news and information.
Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with the kind of stories we post. If you have questions, please email the editor at james AT thepluripotent DOT com.
We are a small staff and are not able to edit extensively. If you´d like a story considered for posting please send us your piece in final draft form.
We will publish stories that have been posted elsewhere with permission and credit to the original publisher or site if you do not own the rights to the story.

How to Submit Articles
Please send unsolicited pitches in the text of an email and unsolicited articles as a Word document attachment, and be sure to embed all of the links in your article. Submissions should run approximately 700-800 words. You can send to james AT thepluripotent DOT com or post AT thepluripotent DOT com. Please include the word “submission” in the subject line. Please make sure and note if this is a reprint of an article and include a link to the original story.
We will contact you if we decide to publish your article so please include your name and contact information.
If we choose to publish your story, we will ask you for a short bio and a digital photo.
Thank you for your interest in The Pluripotent!

Journalist Code of Ethics
This code of ethics is taken from the Center for Independent Media´s New Journalist Fellow Program´s web site and adapted for The Pluripotent.
Journalists should:
• Ensure the accuracy of all information, regardless of where it comes from. Review facts and stories. Never knowingly publish false information.
• Give all the public the chance to respond to news stories, particularly those who might be accused of wrongdoing. Keep an open dialogue with the public.
• Identify sources when possible. The public must be able to know how reliable sources are.
• Take special care with anonymous sources, keeping their motives in mind. Do not become beholden to sources; keep agreements with them clear and honest.
• Never misrepresent events in an attempt to oversimplify or take events out of context.
• Maintain the integrity and clarity of visual and audio content in keeping with the standards for written content.
• Only use undercover and surreptitious methods of gathering information in extreme situations when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Do not compromise personal or professional integrity for any reason.
• Never plagiarize.
• Never limit their reporting to information that people want to hear. Write stories regardless of whether a subject is popular or whether people want to read about it.
• Seek to improve the public discourse by never stereotyping based on race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status. Avoid imposing cultural values on others and keep in mind the growing diversity of modern society.
• Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
• Use both official and unofficial sources to acknowledge and give voice to those without traditional power.
• Acknowledge the difference between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be understood as such.
• Distinguish news from advertising and never allow the latter to take precedence over the former.
• Recognize their role in maintaining an open society by ensuring that the public’s business and government records are open to inspection.
• Be sensitive to those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use care and courtesy when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
• Recognize the possible negative effects of their news stories, and remain humble in the pursuit of gathering and reporting information.
• Be aware of the differences between private people and public figures, and remember that that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
• Show good taste in the stories they run.
• Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges. Use caution about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes. Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.
• Always be fair, but always favor truth over balance.
• Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived, and disclose unavoidable conflicts.
• Remain active, interested, and involved members of society without letting their activities unduly influence their duties to their readers and the public.
• Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun employment or engagement in organizations that would compromise professional integrity.
• Hold the powerful accountable without exception.
• Maintain integrity by resisting pressure from advertisers and special interests to influence news coverage.
• Keep a clear-eyed sense of distrust of sources offering information for favors or money.
• Keep an open dialogue with the public in an effort to maintain and improve standards.
• Encourage the public to use the information they have to question and analyze news stories on their own, and voice grievances when they feel stories are wrong.
• Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
• Expose unethical practices among each other and wherever they are found to maintain professional standards.
• Keep the same high standards to which they hold others.

Election Endorsement Disclaimer
The Pluripotent does not endorse or lobby on behalf of any one candidate or political party. The Pluripotent has and continues to work hard to reach out to all of the candidates and both major political parties to ensure that all perspectives and voices on the issues central to our focus are represented.

Creative Commons Content License

All content on ThePluripotent.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Our Commenting Policy
We understand that the issues discussed on this website are divisive. Unlike many forums that concern these issues we embrace and encourage a civil discourse about them. We will continue to allow open commenting that is of a civil nature and that seeks to engage the debate, but we will delete without further explanation comments that threaten, demean, or decrease the civility of discussion.