You Spoke … We Listened!
BenitoLink was born out of a two-year visioning process which involved listening to nearly a thousand residents of San Benito County.
Members of the community cited the lack of local news and information as a major concern and, as a result, Vision San Benito developed BenitoLink, an on-line web portal created by San Benito residents for San Benito residents. BenitoLink is designed to include local news, events, sports, opinions and community discussion forums.
Benitolink has a board of local and regional residents and advisors who run BenitoLink as a non-profit business. Interested community members are invited to sit in on committee or board meetings to learn more about BenitoLink.
Editorial Independence Policy- BenitoLink retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of over $1,000 per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with BenitoLink’s Ethical Standards.
Donor Transparency Policy- We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.
Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.
We will make public all donors who give over $1000 per year. As a nonprofit, we will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. 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.
Our goal is to keep BenitoLink free for our readers to enjoy. Realistically however, there are operating expenses and we need to generate sufficient revenue to break even. We currently are community-supported through Individual Donations, Sponsorships (where businesses can display their logo or graphic which clicks through to their website) Major Donors and Community Partners.
Startup funding has come from grants by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Community Foundation for San Benito County, in addition to several generous private donors who believe in the value of a well-informed community.
We invite you to write for BenitoLink. We offer writers, photographers and artists, both young and old, the opportunity to contribute to BenitoLink to share stories and discuss current topics. Contributors agree to a Statement of Values that outline the site's philosophy regarding content. It has been shown that communities benefit from respectful discussion on important community choices. As BenitoLink develops, we will facilitate discussions and/or forums about the challenges and opportunities facing us today. Professional level writers and photographers who follow our journalism ethics policies can potentially be paid for their content. Please contact Leslie David to learn more.
BenitoLink invites you to become a contributor, reporter, columnist, photographer, videographer, or simply comment on articles and share your opinion. If you or your organization has content that you would like to contribute on a regular basis, or irregular basis contact Marketing/Admin Laura Romero or Executive Director Leslie David. If you would have information or questions that are investigative in nature, contact Senior Editor Jack Foley. For San Benito County and Hollister city government coverage, contact reporter John Chadwell.
We hope that BenitoLink will help to enable and facilitate resident participation that will provide a vital communication hub that contributes to the quality of life in our community. The success of BenitoLink depends on community support so it can be an effective resource for us all. We sincerely hope that you will find value in BenitoLink and support our ongoing mission to be inclusive, welcoming and be known as a trusted news source.
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