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BenitoLink listens to you

Aside from being a website where our journalists report daily, BenitoLink is a platform for community discussion and sharing your interests.

A major part of BenitoLink’s mission is to open up to the community and listen to it. Instead of being a gatekeeper of information, we invite stories and opinions from residents of San Benito County. It’s an interactive relationship.

BenitoLink welcomes the voices of our community and encourages an open dialogue among residents. Your support helps keep the conversation going and ensures that BenitoLink can continue to serve the community that built it.

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In our ninth year, the number of feature articles, columns, community opinions and videos, contributed each week continues to grow. These are by individuals who live in the county but write regularly on BenitoLink voluntarily. It’s important to BenitoLink’s team members and board of directors that this community-based website reflects the population it serves. 

Take for example, David Baumgartner who loves astronomy and enjoys sharing the exploration of the skies through his column “Searching the Sky.” Baumgartner notes, “San Benito County is great for astronomy because you can really get away from the light pollution.” He says people regularly stop him on the street to ask about his columns and things they’ve seen up in the sky. 

Community produced articles range from a 2020 cattle drive on Highway 25 near Bitterwater from resident Sheri Schmidt to another staff favorite, a 2018 article from seventh grader Victor Sanchez telling about his grandfather in Mexico. If English is your second language and it’s challenging, pop us an email and we will help you through the process.

BenitoLink also has a lively Community Opinion section that is not a BenitoLink staff editorial page but a place where San Benito residents share their different perspectives. This part of BenitoLink has a strong following and inspires regular comments from our readers. Somewhat like the town square, it’s meant to keep the dialogue going, to allow new ideas to be heard and improve mutual understanding.

Whether you are a gardener, a web developer, a plumber, an elected official or a cowboy, BenitoLink invites you to take part. Think of our nonprofit news site as a local public service here for you. 

Like many of our contributors, David Baumgartner enjoys sharing his knowledge and humor, expanding our understanding of astral events. He has made full use of BenitoLink’s audience of over 60,000 unique visitors each month.

“BenitoLink—it’s a great thing we have here,” he said. “There are so many types of articles, there’s something for everyone.” 

BenitoLink: the voice of the community-  just one of many good reasons to support your local nonprofit news.

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Thank you, Leslie David

 

Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.