Local journalism around the nation is in crisis. While the traditional journalism business model is dying, the need for journalism — a pillar of our democracy — is more important than ever. We are a part of the solution in Kansas and Missouri.

We’re going to tell the stories that aren’t being told in our region, and focus our coverage on how our communities are impacted by government — everything from environmental reporting and affordable housing issues to health care policies and economic incentives. We aren’t going to chase the 24-hour news cycle or write stories about what politicians tweet. Instead, we’re going to give you smart, high-level reporting that holds local leaders accountable, gives context to issues, looks at evidence-based solutions, and shares the personal struggles of those affected by these issues in our community.

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The Beacon needs to raise significant funding for startup costs to help get us on a path of sustainability. Be part of our Founding Members program. In addition to that warm, fuzzy feeling for supporting local journalism, Founders will get special updates and additional recognition after launch.

Are you a journalist? Another regional media outlet? Or a student interested in internships or fellowships? Get in touch. We want to work with the most talented people in the region.