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San José Spotlight is the city’s first nonprofit news organization dedicated to independent political and business reporting. Our mission is to change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic engagement, educates citizens and strengthens our democracy.
Our community needs another voice, an alternate source for high-quality, independent local news. Our stories will search for truth, shed light on wrongdoing and hold the powerful accountable. We are the community’s newsroom and we’re powered by your support and donations.
San José Spotlight is a project of the San José News Bureau, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization | Tax ID: 82-5355128. All donations are tax deductible.
San José Spotlight wins James Madison Freedom of Information award from the Society of Professional Journalists – Northern California
San José Spotlight wins national Publisher of the Year award from the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers.
Finalist for two national journalism awards from the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, including Publisher of the Year.
Four California Journalism Awards in the 2019 competition sponsored by the California News Publishers Association.
Editorial Independence Policy
We adhere to the editorial independence policy adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.
San José Spotlight relies on donations and memberships to power our nonprofit newsroom, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. Donors and sponsors have no influence over our content. Donors have no involvement in news decisions and we do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.
News judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Your trust is the cornerstone of San José Spotlight’s success. We’ll always maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.
We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. That’s why we disclose every penny donated to San José Spotlight.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to support our work. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.
We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.
San José Spotlight Donors
More than $100,000
Facebook Journalism Project
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Santa Clara Valley Water District
The Davidson Family Foundation
The Miami Foundation
U.S. Freight Systems
Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers
Jackson and Main
LIUNA Local 270
UA Local 393
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 332
California Waste Solutions
AFSCME Local 1587
IFPTE Local 21
Voler Strategic Advisors
Perla Rodriguez and Rolando Bonilla
Working Partnerships USA
Nunez Family Foundation
Marquis Advisory Group
David E. and Barbara Cohen
AFSCME Council 57
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265
San Jose Water Company
Excite Credit Union
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
Google News Initiative
Sprinkler Fitters Local 483
San Jose Police Officers Association
Sobrato Family Foundation
Facebook Journalism Project
Nicole and Sean Morley
Ron Gonzales and Guisselle Nunez
San Jose Firefighters Local 230
IUPAT District Council 16
Santa Clara County Building Trades Council
Rod Diridon, Sr.
Ted Smith and Amanda Hawes
Dominic and Suzanne Cortese
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5
Santa Clara County Residents for Responsible Development
Sprinkler Fitters Local 480
Housing Authority of Santa Clara County
Ash and Bianca Pirayou
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Carpenters Local 405
Sacred Heart Community Service
The Core Companies
Al and Carmen Castellano
Geoff and Andrea Ralston
Rich De La Rosa
John and Barbara Comiskey
San Jose Sharks
[email protected] Action Fund
The Schoennauer Co.
Sand Hill Property Company
Sara Wigh McManis
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