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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 stories are your stories!
  • Our mission is to reflect all voices and views in our region, especially those under-represented in other media.
our origin is in the 2007 wildfires
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
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
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 reporting is making big impact
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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