The Mendocino Voice is creating locally-owned, independent, online news for all of Mendocino.
111

patrons

$709
per month
About Us
We started this locally-owned online newspaper to fill what we see as an important gap for our readers — both breaking news as it’s happening, and in-depth coverage of county issues that can be hard to do with print deadlines. It's important to us to cover news that's valuable to the whole community, and we thank everyone for supporting our project and sharing ideas about what issues they'd like to see covered.
Everyone on our staff has worked at other local papers in the county, most of which are owned by Digital First Media, a national newspaper chain based in Denver, the same company that owns most of the other papers in Northern California. Corporate cutbacks and out of state owners made working for DFM increasingly difficult, so we decided to start a locally-owned and independent news source that would be accountable to the local community.
Why not Print?
We don’t have a print version, in part to put the money from printing costs towards better reporting around the county, and because a website lets us reach more readers more quickly. Plus, being online allows us to be nimble and efficient, cover breaking news as it happens, and update stories as new information comes in. Our coverage of the Mendocino Lake Fire is a good example of this. While other papers had to wait a day or two to give an update, we had a reporter on the scene that day relaying the latest info.
The Mendocino Voice’s take on cannabis
We believe that for too long the debate over marijuana has been framed with an “us vs. them” mentality on all sides. This hindered public debate, and as a result nuanced and complex issues, with multiple stakeholders and countless interests, were often discussed as a simplistic binary — either cannabis was the demon reefer, or it was the ganja savior. We want to talk about it plainly, as a crop, a medicine, and an industry. Some kind of normalization of the cannabis industry is here to stay, and it constitutes a big part of our local economy.
If we were in Detroit we talk about cars, we’d talk about GM and Ford; if we were in Napa we’d talk wine. But we’re in Mendocino, and so we’re going to talk about weed. Coverage of the auto industry means talking about unions and strikes, corporate profits, about where new plants are to be built, air quality regulations, and bailouts. But it also means doing car reviews, talking about safety ratings, and covering a car show.
Why Patreon?
We have a bunch of cool ideas about how to get you better news faster, using online data tools to improve our coverage. But to build those tools, we need funding! We started this account so you could get updates on our tech goals and support our project of bringing better local journalism to our region. We think Mendocino County deserves journalism using the best digital reporting tools available, and we hope you think so too!
Tiers
Abalone Members
$3 or more per month 36 patrons
Our most basic membership, show us some love for 3 bucks a month. That's less than fancy coffee, for quality local news.
Salmon Member
$5 or more per month 47 patrons
Swim like a salmon up the river of news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs.
Redwood Member
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
Stand up tall for quality local news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs.
Grey whale Member
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
Glide through the waves and surf of news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs. We'll also put your name on the website as a supporter if you'd like.
Goals
$709 of $8,000 per month
For this amount we'll be able to quit our day jobs and side jobs, and upgrade some of our web tech as well as camera equipment.
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About Us
We started this locally-owned online newspaper to fill what we see as an important gap for our readers — both breaking news as it’s happening, and in-depth coverage of county issues that can be hard to do with print deadlines. It's important to us to cover news that's valuable to the whole community, and we thank everyone for supporting our project and sharing ideas about what issues they'd like to see covered.
Everyone on our staff has worked at other local papers in the county, most of which are owned by Digital First Media, a national newspaper chain based in Denver, the same company that owns most of the other papers in Northern California. Corporate cutbacks and out of state owners made working for DFM increasingly difficult, so we decided to start a locally-owned and independent news source that would be accountable to the local community.
Why not Print?
We don’t have a print version, in part to put the money from printing costs towards better reporting around the county, and because a website lets us reach more readers more quickly. Plus, being online allows us to be nimble and efficient, cover breaking news as it happens, and update stories as new information comes in. Our coverage of the Mendocino Lake Fire is a good example of this. While other papers had to wait a day or two to give an update, we had a reporter on the scene that day relaying the latest info.
The Mendocino Voice’s take on cannabis
We believe that for too long the debate over marijuana has been framed with an “us vs. them” mentality on all sides. This hindered public debate, and as a result nuanced and complex issues, with multiple stakeholders and countless interests, were often discussed as a simplistic binary — either cannabis was the demon reefer, or it was the ganja savior. We want to talk about it plainly, as a crop, a medicine, and an industry. Some kind of normalization of the cannabis industry is here to stay, and it constitutes a big part of our local economy.
If we were in Detroit we talk about cars, we’d talk about GM and Ford; if we were in Napa we’d talk wine. But we’re in Mendocino, and so we’re going to talk about weed. Coverage of the auto industry means talking about unions and strikes, corporate profits, about where new plants are to be built, air quality regulations, and bailouts. But it also means doing car reviews, talking about safety ratings, and covering a car show.
Why Patreon?
We have a bunch of cool ideas about how to get you better news faster, using online data tools to improve our coverage. But to build those tools, we need funding! We started this account so you could get updates on our tech goals and support our project of bringing better local journalism to our region. We think Mendocino County deserves journalism using the best digital reporting tools available, and we hope you think so too!

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Tiers
Abalone Members
$3 or more per month 36 patrons
Our most basic membership, show us some love for 3 bucks a month. That's less than fancy coffee, for quality local news.
Salmon Member
$5 or more per month 47 patrons
Swim like a salmon up the river of news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs.
Redwood Member
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
Stand up tall for quality local news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs.
Grey whale Member
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
Glide through the waves and surf of news! Also, we're working on getting a podcast up and running, and we'll give you members exclusive access to interviews of interesting local people and bigwigs. We'll also put your name on the website as a supporter if you'd like.