To spur reforms in the public interest by shining light on wrongdoings and abuse by government, businesses and other institutions in the region through in-depth, solutions-driven journalism.
Why support The Beacon?
Information is power. If people are informed, they have the power to make changes in their community through everything from voting to sparking community dialogue, attending protests to speaking at city council meetings. Local journalism empowers the people.
At The Beacon, we’re betting on the relationships that we (journalists) can build with communities through membership, events and collaboration — a sustainable, nonprofit (or rather, “for purpose”) model that puts the interest of the public first.
Journalists routinely expose problems in government, business and industry. And that function — serving as a watchdog for our democracy — ultimately affects the bottom line. Researchers found that in cities where newspapers closed in the last 20 years, government costs (taxpayer costs) go up because of no scrutiny over deals, “a finding that can’t be attributed to other underlying economic conditions.”
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.
NOt reinventing the wheel
Other in-depth, non-profit newsrooms have sprung up around the country in the last decade. They just haven’t been in our neck of the woods.
Here are a few successful models from other parts of the country: