BenitoLink reporters, staff, interns and board members. Photo compilation by Robert Eliason


Stronger Together: the key to successful local news

Your support of BenitoLink can make a huge difference when it comes to how many stories a day we can cover and how deep we can go with our reporting.


Overcoming 2020 by building for the future

BenitoLink's fall Pledge of Champions fundraiser sets the stage for the coming year.


November Pledge of Champions supporters making impact

BenitoLink readers have donated $10,535 in support of local nonprofit news.


BenitoLink is community news at its best

Pledge of Champions is a crucial part of the year for BenitoLink, when your donations set the path for our 2021 news-gathering.

Just before COVID-19 came into our lives, BenitoLink team members met for a strategy session. Left to right: John Chadwell, Kaitlyn Fontaine, Robert Eliason, retreat coach Kathleen Sheridan, Carmel de Bertaut and intern Erika Piña on the far right. Photo by Leslie David.


Local news providers enjoy serving but need support

BenitoLink joins in on Giving Tuesday with $2,000 match. Oh! Now the match is up to $2,500!


Pledge of Champions 2019 continues

Readers play an important role in the health of their own community news. Their support helps us continue reporting on local government, education, transportation, housing, and other important topics.

A few BenitoLink team members in downtown Hollister. Left to right: Leslie David, Carmel de Bertaut, Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado, John Chadwell, Becky Bonner and Noe Magaña. File photo by Robert Eliason.


Putting “Giving News Day” on the Calendar

This annual event, set for Dec. 3, focuses on positive community change and has expanded internationally.

Pledge of Champions 2019 graphic designed by BenitoLink intern Alex Esquivel.


Support local news through Pledge of Champions

Here it comes! BenitoLink's major annual fundraiser starts Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 31.

Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen opens the Forum with a forceful and alarming presentation. Photo by Leslie David.


Knight Media Forum: Local news relationships lead to trust

Miami conference focuses on keeping readers informed.


BenitoLink Pledge of Champions raised $67,260 in donations

Thank you to all the individuals and local organizations who participated in our fundraising campaign!

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We’ve hit $32,000! Donations will be matched up to $50,000

With over $32,000 in donations from community members, BenitoLink heads toward the final days of Pledge of Champions.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Monterey Peninsula Foundation Grants $25K to BenitoLink Youth Project

Monterey Peninsula Foundation's goal is to improve the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. MPF support will improve skills and develop the voice of local youth.


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.


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

BenitoLink gets $28,000 NewsMatch offer

NewsMatch, is "interested in informing the public and holding those in power accountable". It will provide an additional $28,000 in matching funds for Pledge of Champions Nov.1 kick-off