Whether you work in government, academia, NGOs, or the corporate world, if you’re privy to information that can help Grist provide the real scoop — on climate science, energy development, food and product safety, public lands, ag policy, environmental justice, or related topics — we’d love to hear from you. There’s no 100 percent secure method to leak, but here are some good options for making contact.

  1. Use our contact form.

This is for the routine stuff, when you have no need or desire to hide your identity. It’s the fastest and easiest way to contact us, but also the least secure. Find it here.

  1. Text us via Signal.

Signal is an encrypted app for making cellphone calls or sending texts and images. It does not retain metadata, meaning communications are secure and untraceable. You can contact Grist editor Scott Dodd on Signal at 929-369-0190. (See the Signal FAQ for help.)

  1. Use ProtonMail.

Based in Switzerland, this secure email service is easy to set up and fully encrypts messages sent from one account to another. After you’ve gotten your own ProtonMail account, send an email to grist@protonmail.com.

  1. Call our landline.

Yep, the old-fashioned telly still works great. Just don’t use your own phone, or one that can be easily traced to you. (Can you still find a payphone? Use a payphone.) Our main office number is 206-876-2020. Ask for one of our editors or writers. You can find a newsroom staff list here.

  1. Send it by snail mail.

Did someone say old-fashioned? Yeah, it’s slow, so don’t use it for the most timely or urgent tips. But the postal service is still the most simple and secure method for transmitting physical documents. Pop ‘em in an envelope with no return address, find a mailbox on the street (don’t send it from your home or office), and mail it to:

Grist
Attn: News Tips (or a specific writer/editor)
1201 Western Ave, Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98101

Please include a secure way for us to contact you via Signal, ProtonMail, or other means in case the document or data you’re sending requires further explanation or follow-up.

  1. Move a potted plant on your balcony.

Nope, sorry, that only works if you’re Deep Throat and we’re Robert Redford. Nevermind.

Despite our usual irreverence, we take the safety and security of our staff and potential sources very seriously. If you put our trust in us, we’ll do everything we can to protect it. For more about the ethics and implications of leaking (including what constitutes a “good leak” vs. a “bad leak”), give this a read.