All About TruthSayers News, Presented in Convenient Question and Answer Format
What is TruthSayers News?
TruthSayers is a website where stories can be told that the corporate news ignores.
TruthSayers is a news organization that exists to tell the stories of everyday working people. We aim to report on issues of local concern, wherever your local may be, and to help people find their own voice.
If you want to tell your story, TruthSayers can help you do that. Do you want to try out a typewriter? TruthSayers can help you do that.
TruthSayers exists to hold large institutions that affect our everyday lives to a higher standard than chasing profit or maintaining the bureacratically simple status quo.
TruthSayers is anywhere people together to talk about their problems and find solutions.
Who is TruthSayers?
The newest artist, reporter, editor, photographer, webmaster, filmmaker, designer, publisher, programmer, printmaker, artist, cartoonist, columnist, or dartboard target for TruthSayers could be you.
Anyone who likes paying attention to the world around them, holding power to account, and having some fun along the way can be a reporter. It’s not a magical profession – it’s a way of looking at the world.
When and why did TruthSayers News come to be?
Reporter Josh Brokaw started TruthSayers News in October 2016 after breaking up with the Ithaca Times a couple months before.
One of Brokaw’s biggest stories so far on TruthSayers News has been following the union campaign and subsequent federal union busting at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca’s only hospital, coverage of which was severely lacking from other outlets. [At the Times, the publisher nixed any coverage of that campaign – suffice it to say that Cayuga Medical pays plenty in advertising fees to that “alternative” paper.]
How is TruthSayers funded?
Through October 2017, any funding TruthSayers has received has come entirely from in-person cash and check donations and online one-time donations via PayPal.
Those donations, totaling about $1,300 since October 2016, have gone into the personal account of TruthSayers founder Josh Brokaw. He’s used them to cover hosting costs for the website, paid for some equipment costs, and paid for some personal expenses, like rent. Mostly, he’s a volunteer right now with his partner paying for rent.
We’re exploring any and all funding ideas. Lemonade stands and yard sales are probably more likely than funding our reporting with one of those sweet $2 billion contracts for a fighter jet that never gets built, but we’ll listen to any pitch to make some funding for journalism.
Mostly for now, we’re just asking for money nicely.
Last updated by Josh Brokaw, October 5, 2017.