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San Diego and our nation need fearless, nonpartisan truth-tellers to unearth the facts about decisions, policies and practices affecting our daily lives. We invite you to become part of a growing network of donors and philanthropists who view credible and in-depth journalism as critical to a functioning democracy.

The Spotlight Club was created by inewsource to enrich members’ experience with investigative journalism, and to provide these loyal members with more access to the work of inewsource reporters.

Membership is open to all donors who give $1,000 or more annually. As a Spotlight Club member, you become part of a prestigious group of friends dedicated to supporting investigative reporting. Join today and enjoy a full year of “behind the story” insights, events and benefits.

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Events


Diana Henriques spoke to Spotlight Club members about Wall Street and her new book, A First-Class Catastrophe, in September 2017.

The Spotlight Club celebrated its first anniversary on Sept. 14 with national media headliner: New York Times investigative financial journalist Diana Henriques. She discussed the darkest days on Wall Street, focusing on Black Monday, the worst day for the markets in history. That day, Oct. 19, 1987, is the subject of her newest book, A First-Class Catastrophe. Henriques warned that not much has changed since then.

“I don't know when we're going to have another crash,” she told Spotlight Club members at an exclusive event, “but I do know we are going to have another crisis.”

Diana followed in the impressive Spotlight Club tradition, prompting rich conversation about issues that define our times. You may have seen her (playing herself) in the HBO film, "The Wizard of Lies," based on a book she wrote about Bernie Madoff.

inewsource Spotlight Club members gathered for an event featuring New York Times investigative financial reporter Diana Henriques in September 2017. (Megan Wood/inewsource)

The Spotlight Club launched on Sept. 16, 2016 with a discussion of investigative journalism and the critical need for it. Walter “Robby” Robinson, who headed the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team during its Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of the Catholic Church, applauded the work of inewsource, telling the audience, "inewsource is one of the best investigative nonprofits in the country."


Celebrating how inewsource meets the need for investigative journalism in the region was the theme of the Spotlight launch party. From left, inewsource board president Karin Winner, Walter "Robby" Robinson and inewsource executive director Lorie Hearn.

Over the past year, Spotlight Club members have been treated to equally provocative events. In February a panel of nationally known journalists examined the "Pursuit of Truth in the 21st Century." They included Rosalind Helderman, of the Washington Post, and Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity.

"Pursuit of Truth in the 21st Century" event, February 2017.

inewsource staff invited a conversation about "Fake News" – how to tell fact from fiction – at a recent summer social and tested club members with a fake news quiz.

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"Alternative Facts/New Reality" event, July 2017.

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We also welcome corporate members in the club.

Upcoming events:

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Spotlight Club Membership Levels and Benefits

Inside Source - $1,000+
Benefits:

  • Advance alerts of upcoming news stories
  • “Behind the Deadline” videos about key stories, direct from the reporters who wrote them
  • Invitations to Spotlight Club events, featuring prominent names in the media
  • Monthly “Inside inewsource” updates from the Executive Director
  • Studio Tour hosted by Executive Director/Editor, and personal introduction to inewsource reporters
  • Recognition as a Spotlight Club member on website, at signature events and in newsletters

Headliner - $2,500+
Benefits:

  • All of the above, plus...
  • Invitations to “Coffee with the Editor,” highlighting insider updates and discussion of pressing San Diego concerns and stories

Illuminator - $5,000+
Benefits:

  • All of the above, plus...
  • Invitations to private VIP salon events
  • Personal service ombudsman, Carla Sánchez, to answer questions and to accommodate requests from members

Fourth Estate - $10,000+
Benefits:

  • All of the above, plus...
  • Dinner with the Editor (with option to include four additional guests)
  • Special opportunities to meet with prominent names in the media and to invite guests
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Spotlight Club Members

Major Impact Ambassadors - $25,000+

The Hervey Family Fund
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Jordanna Polis-Schutz
Allison and Robert Price
Nita and Henk van der Werff
Karin Winner
Fourth Estate - $10,000+
Stephanie Bergsma
Amy Ginnow
Linda and Mel Katz

Jack McGrory
Deborah Szekely
 
 

Illuminator - $5,000+

Dede and Michael Alpert
Catherine and Phil Blair
Peter Cooper
Paula Cordeiro
Marilyn Creson-Brown and James Brown
Martha and Ed Dennis
Susanna and Michael Flaster
Pam and Hal Fuson
Joyce Gattas
William Grosskopf
Kim Godwin and Tom Wilcox
Carol Lazier and Jay Merritt
Barbara Lee
Mitch and David Lynn
Elizabeth and Dene Oliver
Stacy and Don Rosenberg
Darlene Shiley
Paula Taylor and Bernie Kulchin
Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom
Amy and Horacio Valeiras
Patricia and Christopher Weil
Katherine and Keene Wolcott

Headliner - $2,500+

John Caple
Ruth Covell
Emily and Dan Einhorn
Karen and John Liu
Andrée Morin
Paula and Brian Powers
Joseph Schuman

 

Inside Source - $1,000+

Kate Adams
Terry Atkinson
Connie and Cam Baher
Valerie Barker
Diane Bell
Jacqueline Bell
David Bergsma
Joan Bernstein
Joye Blount and Jessie Knight Jr.
Joan and Daniel Brown
Anne-Marie Caple
Candace Carroll and Len Simon
Carol and Jeff Chang
Cheryl Clark
Judy Clarke and Speedy Rice
Amy Corton and Carl Eibl
Guylyn and Scott Cummins
Kelly Davenport and Mark DeBoskey
Ingrid de Llamas
Jendy Dennis
Sandra and Bram Dijkstra
Nina and Bob Doede
Julie and Mitch Dubick
Gina and Ray Ellis
Doris and Peter Ellsworth
Phyllis and Dan Epstein
Anne Evans
Jane and Thompson Fetter
Pat Finn
Katherine Fitzhugh and John Martin
Elisabeth and Brian Forbes
Alicia and Charles Foster
Barbara Freeman
Hanna and Mark Gleiberman
Renita Greenberg
Eileen Haag and Ira Lechner
Elaine Halliday
Marjorie Hansen-Shaevitz and Morton Shaevitz
Barbara and Jim Hartung
Ruth Hayward
Lorie Hearn
Ida Houby and Bill Miller
Leanne Hull MacDougall
Joanne Hutchinson and David Cooper
Valerie Jacobs and Norm Hapke
Pat JaCoby
Nora Jaffe
Marjory Kaplan and JJ Surbeck
Sheryl and Kenneth King
Janet Klauber and Jim Melli
Sheila and Jeff Lipinsky
Lynelle Lynch
Susan and John Magee
Noushin Malek
Connie Matsui and Bill Beckman
Jere McInerney
Maggie and Paul Meyer
Fenner Milton
Pamela Mudd
Mary and Walter Munk
Kathy and Tom Munro
Theresa Nakata
Bob Nelson
Cindy and George Olmstead
Linda Pinney
Susan Polis-Schutz and Stephen Schutz
Louisa Porter
Dolores Pretorius
Gigie and Larry Price
Michael Price
Ann Radosevich
Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
Michael Rosenberg
Julie Ruedi and Robert Engler
Blair Sadler
Susan and Edward Sanderson
Charles Sevilla
Lynn Schenk
Nancy and Alan Spector
Susanne Stanford
Kat and Ted Steuer
Cookie and Tom Sudberry
Gayle and Phil Tauber
Lori and Paul Thiel
John Venekamp
Audrey Viterbi
Will Vukmanic
Mary Walshok
Joan and Howard Wiener
Dale Yahnke
Daniel Yankelovich
Ann Zahner

 

Spotlight Club Corporate Members

We are delighted to offer corporate memberships in the Spotlight Club beginning at $2,500 annually.

Corporate memberships
Benefits:

  • Advance alerts of upcoming news stories
  • "Behind the Deadline" videos about key stories, direct from the reporters who wrote them
  • Invitations for two representatives to Spotlight Club events, featuring prominent national and local leaders, celebrities, and accomplished media executives and reporters
  • Studio Tour hosted by Executive Director/Editor, and personal introduction to inewsource reporters
  • Recognition as a Spotlight Club corporate member on website
  • Monthly "Inside inewsource" updates from the Executive Director
  • Personal service ombudsman, Carla Sánchez, to answer questions and to accommodate requests from members
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Spotlight Club corporate members

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