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www.EastCountyMagazine.org. Our stories are your stories!. Our mission is to reflect all voices and views in our region, especially those under-represented in other media. We give you timely news, wildfire and emergency alerts. Our origin is in the 2007 wildfires.

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Our stories are your stories!

  • Our mission is to reflect all voices and views in our region, especially those under-represented in other media.

We give you timely news, wildfire and emergency alerts

Our origin is in the 2007 wildfires

  • Our editor was a reporter for a local paper. At midnight, she got e-mails from people trapped in a small town. heir phone lines had burned down and fire was all around them. Nobody was reporting critical emergency news.

We started in 2008 and grew like wildfire!

  • Our first grant was in 2008 from Foundation for Change. Now we are part of the nonprofit 501c3 Heartland Coalition.

  • Today, we’re the 2nd most widely read news site in San Diego County, with 5 million hits and 150,000 visitors each month.

  • Viejas sponsors our wildfire and emergency alerts, helping us keep you safe and informed.

Our watchdog journalism team has won over 40 major awards

  • Best general interest website (S.D. Press Club)

  • Best investigative reporting (S.D. Press Club)

  • Media Award 2012 (League of Women Voters)

  • Best environmental, multicultural and general interest news (S.D. Press Club)

  • James Julian Memorial Award for best community reporting (Society of Professional Journalists)

Our coverage also includes the best of East County

Our reporting is making big impact!

Our coverage played a key role in…..

  • Stopping the county from eliminating community planning groups

  • Saving Palomar State Park from closure

We also helped to…

  • Convince FEMA to drop refund demands to wildfire victims

  • Provide nonpartisan voter information and a candidate forum

  • Require local boards to comply with open government laws, including repealing an illegally imposed water rate hike

  • Save lives during wildfires with timely alerts and reporters on the scene—even at midnight

Our stories draw national attention

  • For instance, our coverage on impacts of wind energy projects here have been viewed around the world

We’ve hosted community events:

  • Outstanding citizens awards

  • Celebrate East County

  • SummerFest at Mission Trails

  • Candidate forum for Grossmont Union High School Board race

We have many special sections including:

  • People Power (charities and good works in the community)

  • Tribal Views (Native American voices)

  • Refugee Voices

  • Latino Voices

  • San Diego Bookshelf

  • Festivals of the Month

  • Arts and Music

  • Education

  • Green Living

  • Citizens Action Center

  • Others: Health, Homes, Politics, Food, Best of East County, Crimebeat, World Watch, Regional Roundup, Top News, Best Photos, Video Adventures, Reader’s Editorials, Community Resources

Soon we’ll be on the radio!

  • We’re planning to launch an East County Magazine radio show, plus top-of-hour news and live emergency alerts

  • Help us make it happen! Sponsor a segment on the air

We represent your interests- not special interests.

  • As nonprofit media we rely on community support.

  • Our subscriptions and alerts are free.

  • As we grow, more people want our help to cover their organizations and communities.

  • Your organization and members can help us grow by becoming sustaining donors.

More ways to support nonprofit community journalist

  • Subscribe! It’s free—and tell your friends

  • Join our editor’s club and receive special benefits

  • Sponsor a community event- help us launch an “East County Newsmakers, Movers and Shakers” series, sponsor our Outstanding Citizens Awards, or more

  • Volunteer! We train citizen journalists. Be the media!

  • We also need volunteers for events, office help and more

  • Be a source! Send us your story ideas and photos

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