Planet Princeton was created by veteran journalist Krystal Knapp as an online forum for all things Princeton. The mission of Planet Princeton is to provide original, fair and accurate reporting on local news that is important to people in the greater Princeton area community. We want Planet Princeton to be a community hub where readers can share information, events and ideas, and engage in civic discussion about local issues that are important to them.
The biggest contributors to the success of Planet Princeton are our readers. Your participation makes this site a true online community and destination for news, features, and local event information. Send your news tips and ideass to tips @ planetprinceton.com. Read more about how to submit news in our how to submit news tips page.
Planet Princeton works to follow the ethical guidelines set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists. We strive to be accurate, fair, honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information, and to be vigilant about holding those with power accountable while giving voice to the voiceless. We take responsibility for the accuracy of our work, and seek to verify information before releasing it. We use original sources whenever possible, and provide attribution for sources. We also support the open and civil exchange of views. We recognize our special obligation to serve as a watchdog over public affairs and government, and seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open. We also work to access public records and make sure public records are open to all. We provide access to source material whenever it is relevant and appropriate. We seek to avoid stereotyping and give voice to those who are seldom heard, and to do no harm as a result of our reporting. We also seek to not distort facts. We label opinion writing published on our website.
We promise to never mask paid advertising as news like some other local sites do. We won’t mention any names, but there are local sites and newspapers out there that try to pass off paid ads and press releases as news, or who give advertisers free stories in exachange for their ad purchases that aren’t clearly labeled as sponsored posts. At Planet Princeton we do not receive cash or in-kind compensation from any company we write about. The only exception is sponsored posts, which are clearly labeled as such. We pay for our own meals when we review a restaurant and buy our own ingredients when we cook. We do send reporters to soem events whre the reporter is allowed free entry to report and write a story. We do not endorse candidates for local, state or national office on our website, and do not attend the events of private political clubs, political fundraisers, or campaign events of candidates for local, state or national office in order to avoid any appearance that we may be endorsing a particular political candidate. We also do not donate to political campaigns for any office.
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About the Publisher and Founding Editor
Krystal Knapp was previously a staff writer at The Trenton Times and was the editor of an English language news digest in Beirut, Lebanon. Her stories have appeared in the Star Ledger, the Washington Times and other national and regional publications and have been syndicated through the Newhouse News Service. A native of Detroit, Krystal has a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Smith College and a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has taken numerous journalism courses at New York University, The New School, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the New Jersey News Commons. Krystal has been featured in various local, regional, and national publications for comment about Princeton issues. She is an avid cyclist, and enjoys collecting books, antique typewriters, and vintage glass.
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Krystal Knapp can be reached at krystal @ planetprinceton.com or (609) 375-8920.