TaglineA nonprofit news innovator in Southern California
Year Founded2004
Type or CoverageGeneral
CitySan Diego
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesGrants
Revenue SourcesSponsorships
Revenue SourcesSyndicated Content
Institutional SupportEthics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Institutional SupportKnight Foundation
Institutional SupportOpen Society Institute
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)6-10
Active VolunteersNone
AffiliationsOttoway Foundation; San Diego Foundation; Panta Rhea Foundation.
Mappin LocationSan Diego - California
Principal StaffScott Lewis
Principal StaffAndrew Donohue
DescriptionExposing the darker side of a sunny beach city the six-year-old news site Voice of San Diego is having a larger influence than its small size might suggest. With 170000 unique visitors a month the nationally renowned nonprofit has an annual budget of $1.2 million (mostly from grants) a slim staff of fifteen and a content-sharing deal with NBC San Diego. The Voice uses the cash and the reach to break community-focused investigative stories that have on many occasions pushed the needle in Republican earthquake country. In 2010 for example the Voice exposed shortcomings in San Diego County’s notoriously stingy food stamp program as part of a series called Out of Reach. The piece revealed that the county had the state’s highest rejection rate for food stamp applications. Lawmakers are now looking at improving the program.
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/01/voiceofsandiegoorg.php