Have you seen something that troubles you or that you think should be a story? Do you have a tip about something we should be investigating? Do you have documents or other materials that we should see? We want to hear from you.
Here are a few ways to contact us or send us documents and other materials, safely, securely and anonymously as possible.
Here is our staff list, which links to each of our bios and email addresses. Of course, email is convenient, but if your information is sensitive, there are better options.
Encrypted Messages and Calls
Many staffers use the free Signal app (iPhone, Android) to send and receive encrypted messages and phone calls. Signal communicates over an encrypted data connection, so your messages and calls do not appear in your phone provider’s logs. Cell phone numbers aren’t always shown in our staff list, but if you’re already in touch with a reporter it’s an easy way to add security.
Note that while Signal encrypts the contents of messages and calls within the app, it does display your cell phone number — something you may wish to avoid if you don’t want to be identifiable when contacting us.
We will be working in the future to add encrypted email to our newsroom capabilities.
The Low-Tech, but Secure Option: Postal Mail
Postal mail is an excellent, easy way to reach The War Horse securely. U.S. postal mail without a return address is one of the most secure ways to communicate — authorities would need a warrant to intercept and open it in transit.
Don’t use your company or agency mailroom to send something to us. Mail your package or envelope from an unfamiliar sidewalk box instead of going to a post office. You can mail us paper materials or digital files on, for example, a thumb drive. Our mailing address is:
The War Horse
P.O. Box 399
Richlands, NC 28574
If you can identify a reporter you want to reach, it’s worth noting that on the outside or inside of your package or envelope. You can also simply address it to The War Horse.