Government / Politics

Everyone can be a citizen journalist for BenitoLink

Community-supported journalism allows everyone to share news about what's important to them

Some of you know that by simply registering in the upper right corner of BenitoLink’s homepage, you can write about San Benito County events and community members who matter to you. Recently, we ran a story on Brian Stow visiting a local elementary school. This story was provided by Anthony Brendlinger,  a Hollister resident who works for the Hollister School District. Anthony attended the event and offered to write this beautiful story. You can be a citizen journalist, too.

This ability to involve the community as citizen journalists makes BenitoLink unique in San Benito County. Our mission is to serve the whole county and that is why we provide this great opportunity for anyone to post to our site. It is a way of removing the barrier between an editor or a reporter who may not share the same interests or opinions that you have.

As long as you follow our Terms of Use, you are welcome to tell our community of readers about your story, whether it’s a preview of a local event, a feature, or an opinion piece about an issue that is important to you.

BenitoLink will continue to have its paid reporters cover news events and government meetings throughout the county. These stories always show “Reporting for BenitoLink” near the headline of the article. These news producers ensure that we cover the many important events of the county.

BenitoLink is a community-supported news website that has just completed its first year as a nonprofit. Thanks to a growing group of individual donors, major donors, business sponsorships and community partners, we are alive and well. With increased funding will come the greater opportunity for well-researched, in-depth articles by a growing stable of paid reporters.

We are dedicated to local, trusted journalism, but this does not have to preclude stories straight from the community, inviting cultural variety and enabling differing opinions to enjoy the light of day. To be sure, your community-supported news source would not have the texture and interesting perspectives that are represented daily without this important community engagement.

Support BenitoLink and help it grow and post your information, photos and videos about local news that's important to you.

If you have questions about covering or filing a story, contact BenitoLink Content Director Adam Breen by email at



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.