Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

Salvador Mora called out Mayor Ignacio Velazquez for accusing fellow council members of collusion with developers without proof. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Social media spats spill into Hollister City Council meeting

Mayor Velazquez and Vice Mayor Richman receive pointed criticism.

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Government / Politics

Facebook donates $1 million to NewsMatch campaign for nonprofit sites like BenitoLink

Despite objections from some INN members, NewsMatch accepts an additional $1 million from Facebook for fundraiser benefitting local, nonprofit news sites.

The weekly News Editorial meeting. (Left to Right) Team members Laura Romero, Carmel de Bertaut, Becky Bonner, Nicholas Preciado, Diviana Navarro, Blaire Strohn, Paul Hersh and John Chadwell. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

BenitoLink receives $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch!

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted for a $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign to promote donating to nonprofit newsrooms in local communities.

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Government / Politics

Local politics plays out on social media

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez takes his disagreements with city council colleagues to Facebook, many residents respond online after none of them spoke at the actual meeting

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OPINION: Facebook is not about you – it’s about advertising

You are only there as the target for the advertisers