Last Monday, we published a story on what many people call San Diego County’s outdated system for tracking campaign donations.

The print portion of the story came in at just over 2,000 words and included audio and video elements that aired on KPBS radio and television. It was quite the undertaking, if I do say so myself.

And hardly 24 hours after we hit “publish” on the story, impact.

District three supervisor Ron Roberts tweeted his support for moving the county to an electronic filing system.

Supervisor Roberts will have the opportunity to put his–or, rather, the county’s money where his (virtual) mouth is in June, when the board of supervisors holds hearings on next year’s budget.

You can bet we’ll be following this story right up through those hearings. And beyond.

Joe Yerardi is a freelance data journalist for inewsource, where he worked between 2013 and 2016 as an investigative reporter and data specialist. To contact him with questions, tips or corrections, email