How To Republish/FAQ

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Side Effects is a free news service. That means any outlet is free to republish our original materials under the Creative Commons license designated CC-BY-NC-ND. This allows us to share our copyrighted material at no charge while protecting the integrity of the materials. Read about CC-BY-NC-ND below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Creative Commons license designation mean?

We subscribe to CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0. In plain language, that’s a Creative Commons license (CC), requiring attribution (BY), for non-commercial purposes (NC), and without modifications or creation of derivative works (ND). If you would like to learn more about this license type, click here. For a more detailed explanation, you can go here.

How do I republish a story?

At the top of every page containing our original material, you will see a green button that says, “Republish This Story.” That will take you to a page with general instructions, the source code for the story (for quick digital republication) and the NPR API and ID codes (for public radio and television stations). Outlets are free to rebuild the story in their own content management systems. If you chose to rebuild the story in your CMS, insert our tracker, which is at the bottom of the page, into your source code. Just follow the instructions provided on the “Republish This Story” page.

What’s the tracking code and why is it important?

The tracking code is a tool that lets Side Effects know how many people see our stories. It’s completely behind the scenes, so readers won’t see anything in the body of the text. The tracking code does NOT track people’s personal information—it only tracks how many people see the story. This helps us tally which stories are being viewed and read most often.

Can I edit Side Effects stories for my own publication?

Edit only for clarity of place and time (for example, “last week” instead of “yesterday”) or to fit your house style (most Side Effects stories follow AP Style). If you need to write your own headline, that’s OK, too. You must indicate if any changes are made to the materials, such as style changes or references to people and/or places. Additional edits may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at if you would like to make changes beyond those described here.

How do I properly credit Side Effects?

The reporter gets a byline (using the following format: By Jane Doe – Side Effects Public Media). Side Effects is credited with a link back in the footer at the end of the piece, using the following format: This story was produced by Side Effects Public Mediaa news collaborative covering public health. The footer copy is incorporated into the html provided on the “Republish This Story” page. 

What about pictures?

You are free to use those photos and graphics that we own—just check to see if a member of the Side Effects staff is credited as the creator. You are responsible for obtaining rights for all other pictures and materials not created or owned by Side Effects (such as stock or AP photos). Check with your organization for how to proceed.

My news outlet has a pay wall. Can I still republish Side Effects digital stories, videos and audio?

Appropriate links to and citations of our stories are encouraged. Generally speaking, we want our readers and viewers to have free access to our journalism. However, we permit republication behind a paywall if doing so allows a broader audience to benefit from coverage of public health issues. If you would like to republish our stories in conjunction with a pay wall, please contact us at Read more about commercial and non-commercial use under Creative Commons here.

May I translate your work?

As a rule, we do not permit translations of our original materials. Side Effects will consider translation requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at

Are all stories on the Side Effects website available for republication?

No. Our web site also publishes NPR as well as other member station pieces. Only original Side Effects materials are available for republication; if you see a green republish button at the top of the page, you’re in the clear. You can also see a cache of all of our original content by clicking on the Side Effects News Service tab at the top of our homepage.

I love what you do! How can I support Side Effects?

If you like us, let people know! If you use one of our stories, give us a shout out on Twitter and Facebook. And keep sharing our stories—check back often, the site is updated multiple times a week.

I still have a question. Whom can I contact?

Write to us at