Welcome to the CV Reporter, the latest addition to the media landscape here in the Coachella Valley. We’re thankful you’ve chosen to drop in and see what we’re all about, and we know you’re curious what we’re up to. So, in true Journalism 101 fashion, here are answers to the five basic questions all reporters ask when they cover a story.
Who: The Reporter is owned and operated by two local journalists (Read more about us on the ‘About’ page here) who both used to work in local newsrooms and grew increasingly frustrated with how they operate and how they serve (and don’t serve) our neighbors.
What: The Reporter is a 100% digital news operation, delivering our content via an email newsletter, our website, and social media channels. You may also see us pop up on your digital devices, thanks to content distribution partnerships.
- We don’t have a print product and don’t intend to create one. The success we’ve had with our first 100% digital publication, The Palm Springs Post, proved to us that focusing on delivering high-quality, easy-to-digest content digitally is the best way to serve our readers.
It’s important to note that we’re not aiming to replicate or replace any of the media outlets you currently turn to for your news. We want to do better, so we won’t be chasing ambulances and rewriting press releases. Instead, we will focus on reporting things that help you understand your community better, enabling you to participate more fully in civic life.
- You can expect us to focus on reporting news from city hall and stories about your neighbors. But we’ll also provide important context to the facts we report — something often missing from the mosh pits of Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter, where misinformation rules the day.
- Sometimes you’ll see other media in the valley report things days and weeks after you’ve read it here, and sometimes we’ll report things they’ve reported. When we do that it will be because we want you to know about something important without having to pay, or to more easily understand what’s happening. As an independent, modern media operation, we get to do journalism in a modern way that’s often easier to comprehend.
When: We’re starting out slow (Did we mention there are only two of us?), delivering a weekly newsletter every Wednesday and posting stories here on the website as we write them or source them. We hope to eventually become a daily part of your lives, but as a startup we need to adhere to the “crawl, walk, run” approach.
Where: We already cover the city of Palm Springs pretty well, and we’ll continue to do that with The Post. We won’t avoid posting news about Palm Springs, but we really do want to serve the parts of the Coachella Valley that have been without coverage for many years.
- Not interested in every valley city? we’ve made it easy to sort our reporting by just the city or cities that interest you. Just click on the city name in a story and you’ll see everything we’ve written about that city. As more and more stories are published, you’ll see more and more content.
Why: Everyone needs — and deserves — high-quality reporting done with high standards to understand the changes fast unfolding where they live. It’s no different in the valley, but as corporate-owned media continues to shrink its presence, slash staff, and hide more and more vital information behind paywalls, it’s getting harder to find.
- Our journalism is 100% free to read and always will be. Nothing is “for subscribers only.”
But wait: Thanks to some initial polling, we’ve already heard from thousands of valley residents and we know exactly what they want to read. But what about you? What would you like to see us focus on? Drop a line to [email protected] and we’ll get on it.