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Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video, Television

Mission: The Real News Network (TRNN) is a Baltimore based non-profit video-news and documentary service that reports international, national, and local news. We believe that a vibrant public media ecosystem is essential to maintaining a healthy democracy. At TRNN, we report the news with the interests of the average citizen in mind. We encourage viewers to imagine a government that works for them by connecting the abstract policies enacted by politicians to the concrete consequences they have on citizens’ lives. We provide the context needed to understand current events, investigate solutions to modern crises, and empower viewers to demand change from their government. Our goal is to start a conversation and encourage our viewers to question the news and ask “Why is this happening to me?” and “What can I do about it?” By searching for solutions to modern problems, we can combat citizen apathy and paralysis and offer hope for a better future.

Results: Since 2007, the more than ten thousand stories we’ve produced have been viewed over 200 million times. Each month we reach over a million people on our website and across multiple social media platforms. By thoroughly examining the effects of policy on the everyday lives of citizens, we can create a more politically aware populace of voters. Through promoting inter-community dialogue and providing a public forum where people can share their ideas, we create opportunities for collaboration and collective action. With the help of our viewers we will continue and expand upon the work we have begun in Baltimore and elsewhere. Only an informed and engaged electorate will produce a political system capable of meeting the greatest challenges of our time.

Community Stories

181 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marilyn70

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor and subscriber since the inception of The Real News Network. Their steady progress and areas of activities are impressive and interviewees are knowledgeable - many are on-site where the action takes place.They represent what "real" news should be - a quality hard to find in 2016.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been watching The Real News Network for years now and am proud to be a monthly sustainer. This helps to keep corporate influence out and allows the unvarnished truth to reach the people. The Real News is worth more than all the "mainstream" media combined.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been subscribed to them on youtube since 2009 and i have been donating to them since 2014. Top quality impartial news analysis, brilliant pundits and contributors. I watch them everyday.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have no idea why the profile of this organization has not yet gone skyward, especially after its coverage on Freddie Grey's death and police trials.

Paul Jay is an original. His vision of IWT and The Real News Network has been dynamic, flexible enough to pack it up from Toronto and move right in close to the power centre of DC. Though doing so from a view of marginalized Americans, IWT chose Baltimore as its new home. They have trained and hired locally.

IWT broadcasts The Real News with zero government or corporate money, so as to remain above reproach. I believe the incredible calibre of guests on the network reflects their appreciation of this mode of business. The depth allowed to issues of the day is rarely matched elsewhere.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network (TRNN) provides news coverage and analysis from a perspective and with emphases that are missing from any major corporate media, no matter how "liberal". At the same time, they provide an intellectual depth that is unmatched by any other video news service that I'm aware of. The videos contain multiple references to important groundbreaking and trendsetting news coverage available in other sources, and they introduce viewers to multiple authoritative experts on every issue covered. In this way they not only offer an invaluable steady supply of digestible news analysis videos, but also serve as a starting point for anyone trying to develop a firm grasp on today's critical sociopolitical issues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They provide good programming on local issues and beyond. Their staff are able to draw from their experience, and for where the struggle is hard, but made almost completely invisible or been somewhat distorted. Only a few outlets work as hard to present the truth, and issues in an honest way. There were many thoughtful and informed discussions that I enjoyed viewing and listening from the Real News Network.

They document the hard-won struggles, and those happening currently. Their reports let me learn about those struggles toward more fairness and justice, and I find them tremendous, meaningful.

They document it so that we can begin to know it.

Their work in informing audience and providing real news is meaningful and important today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I watch " The Real News Network " because they are independent and they do a great
job. We need sites that are not bias and tell the truth, so I put my money where my
mouth is and have donated to " The Real News " in the past and continue to support
them.
Jake S. in Canada

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding coverage of stories in the US and around the world. Provides fresh voices on the topics of the day. I stopped watching cable news altogether and watch the Real News on YouTube each evening, and I've never been more well informed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watch a lot of their news reports and interviews. It is a great way to increase one's understanding of world events as they unfold.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hardly a day goes by that I don't watch or read the news & analysis provided by The Real News. It keeps me informed of the kind of news ignored or distorted by the mainstream media. You can actually get news on prisoner rights, Palestinian human rights, Black Lives Matter. Exceptional people like Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, are featured. It can do this because it's not beholden to corporate interests, not funded with grants from foundations, not even money from gov't. It actually takes seriously the idea that the media should "afflict the comfortable," and it can do that because it's reader/viewer supported.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love The Real News! They are truly what their name suggests: REAL NEWS. It is a source of information I know I can trust, unlike the mass media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, etc. Paul Jay is great! All the people who do the interviews and present the stories are professional and they ask intelligent questions. I can tell they are not just ordered to ask certain questions or slant things in a certain way to fit what the corporations or other powers might want. The Real News also covers stories that I can't find in that many other outlets and that need to be covered [like the Dakota access pipeline protests, more in depth information on police brutality/killings, etc.]. The Ford Report with Glen Ford is excellent, too!!!