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Welcome to TruthSayers, a people-powered media source that is always looking for new contributors. Money is always nice, of course, and you can donate that at the link if you have more money than time.

If you have time and an interest in good reporting that tells the truth, we want to work with you to help provide the media coverage that your community deserves.

First and foremost, TruthSayers is focused on local news — wherever your local may be. We want to bring attention to those stories and people that might otherwise be overshadowed by the constant 24-hour news-info-entertainment stream coming out of New York City, Washington, and Los Angeles.

It’s our belief that much of this flood of noise and information serves to make people feel powerless. What can you do about Trump’s latest tweet, or the situation in Syria? As one person, not a whole lot.

Paying attention to the happenings around you, casting a critical eye on what officials and other powerful people are doing in your town, can change plenty.

Contact TruthSayers through the box at the top of the page, message us on Facebook, or stop in at our corner office in the Tompkins Workers’ Center above the Autumn Leaves bookstore on the Ithaca Commons.

Join the people below in contributing your expertise and attention to TruthSayers.

Emily Adams

Emily Adams

Adams is co-chair of the Tompkins County Progressives and an executive board member of the New York Progressive Action Network. All opinions she expresses on TruthSayers are her own: see them here.

Josh Brokaw

Josh Brokaw. Photo: Meagan McElroy

Josh Brokaw is the founding publisher, editor, and reporter of TruthSayers.

Before starting TruthSayers in October 2016, Brokaw was the staff reporter for the Ithaca Times, where he shared in New York Press Association “Best Newspaper” awards for Coverage of Local Government in 2015 and for coverage of Agriculture in 2016.

Before moving to Ithaca to take the job on the Times in January 2015, Brokaw fundraised to report on fracking in central Pennsylvania through Beacon Reader for most of 2014. He spent just over a year on staff at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, a daily paper. Brokaw started his newspaper career at the Boyertown [Pennsylvania] Area Times in 2003, tying up newsstand returns and scouring the microfilm archives for historical “This Week in Sports” items.

Patricia Dubin

Dubin, local to Ithaca, reported on protests against a Robert Mercer-funded group appearing at Cornell University In November 2017. See her work here.

Christine Finnigan

Cartoon: Christine Finnigan

Finnigan is a retired Ithaca City School District art teacher, and now a published political cartoonist. See her work published on TruthSayers here.

David Guthrie

Guthrie is a traveler, thinker, and photographer, currently on the road. He hails from South Bend, Indiana, and frequently comments on his travels and on his observations via Facebook.

See Guthrie’s observations from Standing Rock in fall 2016 here.

United Nations observers at Standing Rock Photo: David Guthrie

Aryeal Jackson

Aryeal Jackson with her two children.

Jackson is a WRFI “Your Morning” host, and was a 2017 candidate for Ithaca Common Council. She contributes to the weekly Tompkins County Government Happenings posts, and sometimes can be found chatting on the radio with TruthSayers founder Josh Brokaw and other media and governmental figures local to Ithaca, New York. Here’s Jackson’s appearances on TruthSayers.

Lisa Marshall

Marshall is a community organizer for Mothers Out Front NY who lives in Chemung County. See what she’s published on TruthSayers here.

John O’Malley

John O’Malley

O’Malley is the legislative coordinator for CWA Local 1180, out of New York  City. All opinions expressed on TruthSayers are O’Malley’s own as a private citizen — see them here.

Esther Racoosin

Racoosin is a longtime WRFI Community Radio News contributor, local to Ithaca, New York. She’s part of the team that produces WRFI’s Locally Sourced Science. See Racoosin’s contributions to TruthSayers here.

Patricia Rodriguez

Patricia Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is an associate professor of politics at Ithaca College, and a member of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition. See what Rodriguez has published on TruthSayers here.

Elizabeth Williams

Williams, from Trumansburg, New York, reported on her trip to Standing Rock for TruthSayers in December 2016.