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We’ve got to raise $100,000 by year’s end in the name of independent journalism

Every day, inewsource reporters fight the good fight for you. They do battle with government bureaucrats to free up public documents and data to help you make better daily decisions. They ask tough questions of the people you elected to make sure they hold to campaign promises. They write stories with meticulous attention to fact-checking and tone so you can believe what you read and hear.

This kind of work — investigative reporting — is expensive to maintain and in decline throughout the country. Here’s one example of our investment in time alone: it took two reporters six weeks to dig into tax bills and building permits to find evidence of mistakes in homeowners’ property bills. Some of those homeowners are now getting refunds.

inewsource spends thousands of dollars each year in legal fees to fight for information and access. Right now, we’re tangling with the Poway school district over a $500 bill for emails alone! We were forced to hire a lawyer twice for our investigation into San Diego’s North County Transit District.

inewsource is watching out for you.  Show us how much you value our efforts by becoming a member today.

And stretch those dollars! Two supporters have pledged to match your gift dollar-for-dollar through this months-long membership campaign. That means for every $1 you give, inewsource will receive $2.

As a member of inewsource, you will become part of a community with a direct connection to our projects: a weekly newsletter; a behind-the-scenes look at how we do investigative reporting; video interviews with the inewsource staff about what we’re working on; and opportunities to join our efforts in keeping government accountable.

You can make one-time donations or an ongoing monthly pledge. We’re inviting individuals, corporations and foundations to become members of inewsource.  All donations are tax-deductible. Visit or call (619) 594-5100.

With your financial support, we can continue to provide you with the kind of in-depth, credible journalism you deserve.

— Lorie Hearn, executive director

Truth matters. Help us find it.

Start with as little as $35.


“Investigative reporting is journalism’s gold standard, but today it’s in short supply. Independent nonprofits like inewsource are filling the void and shining a light on the unvarnished truth.” — Charles Lewis, founder, Center for Public Integrity

“A democracy has to have the kind of information we’re getting from inewsource. That’s why I want to continue to be a supporter.” — Dede Alpert, former California senator

“KPBS aims to be the best and most trusted journalism organization in the region. We couldn’t do that without the inewsource team.” —Tom Karlo, general manager, KPBS

Brad Racino was the assistant editor and senior investigative reporter at inewsource. He's a big fan of transparency, whistleblowers and government agencies forgetting to redact key information from FOIA requests. Brad received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in...