The Santa Barbara Daily Sound is asking readers for $10 a month to help support their news coverage. The tabloid, which had shown very limited interest in investigative reporting over six plus years, is calling on “the community, to partner with us to fund more investigative reports on city, county and local government. Now, more than ever, we need reporters and true journalists to be focused on government watchdog and investigative reporting,” writes publisher Jeramy Gordon. The appeal twice cited limited resources as the reason for the lack of consistent community coverage up until this point, not to mention the loss of award-winning investigative journalists, community columnists, and business editors to Santa Barbara View and other media outlets.
According to the appeal… “by pledging as little as $10 a month, you can help take the Daily Sound to the next level. Think of it as an optional subscription fee. Our goal is to get 1,000 Daily Sound readers from Goleta to Carpinteria to pledge at least $10 a month to ensure the future of a free, open and honest community dialogue. Ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same.”