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Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video, Journalism, 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

184 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network has brought a whole new standard to progressive journalism and news analysis, with timely coverage of national and international news, highly knowledgeable commentators and depth investigation of important stories. It has made a point of also focusing on issues specific to its own local community of Baltimore, not least as an example of the contribution community media can make, giving a voice to all concerned, and also devoting resources to the largest issues, such as climate change, facing the world at large. No one else is attempting this, much less accomplishing it, on such a broad and serious scale. I would not want to be without it.

Mary471

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the The Real News since it launched, because I think there is a need for honest journalism in a video/audio format. I make use of several text-based platforms--but some people don't like to read. Because TRN is not funded by governments or by advertising, its message is not skewed. I appreciate their coverage of environmental and social justice issues, and their in-depth reports about what's going on all over the world. This is especially important in certain situations in which even much of the alternative media hews the Washington DC line, such as the situations in Venezuela or Syria.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been watching Real News segments since they began, have donated I think three times. I consider TRN especially good on world news, with depth and a more left angle than corporate news ever offers. They don't cover my top concerns, the environment, climate change and resource depletion as well as some others--none of those others include regular audiovisual content, which doesn't matter much to me because I prefer text, but I know some people like the TV format. I also like that they frequently team with other outfits like RT or the Black Agenda Report. And they both cover issues important to people of color and have hired many. Sometimes the tech quality of interviews is poor at the interviewee end--but there is often a transcript I can read instead.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always look forward to TRNN's in-depth discussions, with people who really understand complex issues, about what's happening--in local communities, in the nation, and the world at large. Experts interviewed multiple times include Daniel Ellsberg, Larry Wilkerson, Bill Black (always a pleasure), and Gerald Horne. The interviewers & reporters themselves are smart and involved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since first stumbling upon RNN, I've been consistently impressed with their willingness to engage on a deeper level than usual with vital issues both nationally and internationally. There's no need for razzle-dazzle -- just intelligent, well-informed moderators questioning those with close experience and/or interesting, considered viewpoints. They've examined the criminal just system, US democracy, political events worldwide. They can be counted on to move beyond the sound bite and headline to get at the meat of a story.

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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.

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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!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Real News Network fills a void in two important ways. First, it reports on local (Baltimore), national and international topics often glossed over or completely ignored by mass media. The U.S. prison strike is a great example. TRNN was talking about this before the strike had even started, and more than a month into it, other networks can't be bothered (Google "prison strike" and you'll see how little coverage it is getting). Second, TRNN provides in-depth coverage of issues by interviewing experts and actually letting them talk! Mainstream media news outlets present issues in sound bites and curtail interviewee remarks to the time allowed by their sponsors. On TRNN, I've never seen an interviewer interrupt an interviewee or cut them off, so I feel I've heard everything the expert wanted to share on the subject. I learn more from an hour of watching TRNN than a whole day of watching MSNBC or CNN.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network is offering in-depth investigations of news events happening here and around the world, and contextualizing their coverage with historical background. They are also offering a means for community to give voice to issues through conferences, panel discussions, and town hall meetings. This level of community consciousness raising is invaluable in today's stifling climate of censorship and gloss. I owe the Real News Network a debt of gratitude for their honest hard work. Bravo!

Michael413

Donor

Rating: 5

The model of the Real News Network needs to be implemented in cities around the country—we need independent, grassroots, community-based news organizations like the Real News that can tackle problems from the municipal level to the international level. Real news is not "unbiased"; real news identifies problems and seeks to report on them in ways that empower its viewers to find solutions.

Donor

Rating: 5

the best progressive news. The real news.com provides views of real people without ad $.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With more independent and intelligent media like this, the world might quickly move in more positive directions. Real News does quality reporting about issues that matter the most, but are often ignored by state-owned and business-sponsored media, or covered in simplistic and biased ways.

Craig38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best news commentary, hands down! I follow TRNN daily.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network... the name says it all. This is one of the few credible news sources alive today. The journalists of this organization offer the most un- biased stories of any in the country. Extensive research goes into each segment, and the interviews are outstanding. The Real News interviews professors from top universities around the world, and reports on issues that truly effect the American people and the world. The fact that this organization is alive by donations only is testament to its greatness. There are no corporate donors forcing their interests upon this nonprofit! Each time I watch a segment on the Real News, I feel well informed and trust that I received the TRUTH.

Robert208

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great alternative to the embedded media and an essential tool for getting to the truth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are trying to cover news no one else is covering,in depth, as honestly as possible. Their commentators and journalists are bright and well informed. They try to listen to the actual people experiencing a situation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member for about five years. The Real News has been an invaluable resource for me : the in-depth local coverage of global issues, the range of expertise of the correspondents and the range of topics covered has been truly amazing. I had given up on 'news' coverage as it was depressing, predictable and was without context or history until I came across TRNN. Now I scan it every day for in-depth, breaking, relevant, and often inspired and inspiring news reporting and stories from the 'ground' where history is happening.

Donor

Rating: 5

This site displays the courage and integrity to confront fundamental sociopolitical and economic concerns, both foreign and domestic, that are treated only superficially, if not outright ignored, by mainstream corporate media.
I.F. Stone would be proud of the work it is doing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A news organization with community engagement and vision like no other

Andrea157

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RealNews is open media at its finest. Honest, real-time and compassionate. On the leading edge of reflecting reality over mainstream same-old.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing news source, original and important analysis you find in few other outlets .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network provides coverage of local, national and international news that the mainstream media (MSM) won't touch. It's an indispensable outlet for those of us who really want to know what's going on in the world - not just what the corporate MSM wants us to see and believe.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great source of news and one that makes the points of view of contending people and groups much clearer: different interests and perspectives are explored in their interviews and discussions. Moreover it's a source of news that is very conscious of the social responsibility that any institution has that reports on the news as well as the significance that the news has for its audience.

Donor

Rating: 5

Without a doubt Real News is my first go to news outlet on a daily basis. I am able to listen to subject matter experts on topics I would never be able to do otherwise. I would rank them within the top three must review daily sites for in depth informative news often not covered in the main media.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very important source of perspectives on news that are not available on mainstream media. Excellent sourcing of experts and Paul Jay has nurtured a set of interviewers that allow those experts to provide their perspective clearly and engagingly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been watching The Real News Network for several years. Whenever I need a refuge from the crap that passes as news from the mainstream outlets I head to Real News. The insight and depth of understanding provided by their guests is impressive. Bill Black, Larry Wilkerson and many more offer a refreshing and sobering view of what is really happening in the world. Kudos to Paul Jay and his entire team of professionals.

Danielle104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Real News! I've been following them since 2010 and I appreciate their coverage of issues like politics and climate change, as well as how much they've expanded my understanding on issues of race and intersectionality. Keep up the great work! Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a listener of The Real News Network (TRNN) from Italy.
In my opinion TRNN provides a high quality news service that is very hard to find in profit driven networks.
Among TRNN's many positive traits of there is one that I find most valuable: when focusing on a subject TRNN provides deep insights & in-depth analysis and never resorts to the standard 'soundbite approach' that is so common elsewhere. I believe that TRNN is an excellent tool for critical thinking and intellectual & cultural growth
Sincerely,
Andrea F.
Naples, Italy

Jacques2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the very few sources of high-quality, well-researched, balanced, professionally presented, comprehensive news that encourages us to look beyond the pablum that is fed to us by all the big networks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the most quality sources for information that matters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It's very nice to have another resource for news. I don't trust the major corporate media. I think there is room for improvement in the way The Real News Network presents the material. Videos are nice but short succinct articles are what I take the time to look at most often.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Real News is exactly that: the real news that people need so as to be informed and active citizens rather than sheeple. While the corporate media treats people as a circus audience to be exploited for profit, and distracted from the reality of a failed economic and political system; The Real News Network treats people as mature and responsible citizens that are ready, willing, and able to learn the reality of things, and take the action necessary to create a better reality. If you wish to remain nothing more than a consumer, one of the sheeple, then stick with the corporate media. But if you are ready to leave the matrix of corporate propaganda, then take the red pill of truth that is The Real News Network.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to the Real News Network. In our world of turmoil and confusion I can find accurate, in-depth coverage of important events that are either ignored or poorly treated in the general media. The Real News Network is not beholding to government or corporations and employs people who are truly knowledgeable about the world today.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their journalism is excellent. They cover topics covered inadequately or not at all elsewhere, and they interview the best-informed people on each topic, rather than PR shills. They also recruit and train the most talented young journalists.

Donor

Rating: 5

The RealNews Network is my most trusted source of news and information. It is my "Occupy Wall Street Journal". A continuation after the event, in a virtual forum, representing the many and diverse voices of the 99%, seeking to articulate, define and resolve our problems, not theirs.

Ivan4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News is a wonderful independent news nonprofit organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAUL JAY is my WALTER CRONKITE!!!Well if you are as old as me you will understand the irony in this...but kidding apart THE REAL NEWS walks the talk...It gives FACTS not OPINIONS...IT seems balanced to me especially because sometimes it says things I disagree with..and I think that's a good sign.

Mike195

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched RNN for some years. Their economics commentators and interviewees are by far the best anywhere, and simply show up mainstream sources for the appalling propaganda they are.
Everyone should watch RNN regularly imho.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Real News is without a doubt one of the best sources of news available today! They shine a light onto important stories that the "mainstream corporate media" refuses to discuss.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Covers the news the mainstream propaganda media refuse to touch.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been exciting to find intelligent news analysis. The experts interviewed by TRNN bring independent thinking and an entirely different perspective than we hear in mainstream media.

Donor

Rating: 5

My exasperation with the mainstream media is relieved by visiting The Real News. Independent World Television is doing a service to mankind by carrying this site. The simple honesty of The Real News in their reporting is as refreshing as it is informative.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watching the Real News Network makes regular news channels look at best insipid and at worst seriously misleading. The main stream media do not really do serious investigative journalism any more as they are restrained by owners, sponsors and advertisers. TRNN does what it says on the tin. Free from those restraints it probes the serious problems confronting the world. It is often uncomfortable to watch, but that is infinitely better than pretense, whitewash and diversion.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a viewer of and donor to TheRealNews website for several years now. In a time of almost universal corporate and government corruption and looming catastrophic climate change,informing the public of the true reality of the world has never been more important. This is the first site I visit every morning. I value their integrity and determination. And it helps to keep me sane.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cuts through the mish mash of news by hidden agenda and delivers a polished professional and insightful truthful account of today's current affairs.

Kate105

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Interesting reports by credible reporters offer an slternstive to corporate north american media.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It simply has become one of my top three sources of news and in depth analysis.
The fact that it is entirely financed by listeners makes it free to pursue the highest journalistic standards, unimpeded.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fills the hole of needed detailed and reflective news reporting. They include background stories and "whole" interviews, not chopped up one-liners and biased reporters trying to find quarrel in the story, which has become the norm in other news agencies. Deserves every penny they receive.

Donor

Rating: 4

This first worldwide independent source of journalism is an anchor to all world-citizens who seek real understanding of the world they live in.

Ogden M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found The Real News Network through Democracy Now and have enjoyed it ever since. This is a news source independent of the corporate culture that must be supported. It is in the interest of the public good that it flourish and grow. We need the form of the news that their programming provides, going beyond the sound byte and providing informative news, not just "infotainment" in the for mainstream news.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love TRNN. I trust them very much and find their contributions to coverage of current events and political issues indispensable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Real News Network is like what Public Radio news used to be. The journalists interview intelligent people, ask tough questions and shed light on stories that matter. They cover topics that are often overlooked, or wrongly presented by corporate media. I can hardly believe this network exists.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been delighted to discover that I can access "Real News" on the internet!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Real News has introduced me to some of the most progressive thought leaders and activists from around the world. I rely on this channel as my primary source for news and analysis.

It's such a relief to have commentators who are well-informed, ask challenging questions - and are not shrill or smug! Most importantly, The Real News serves the higher function of connecting individuals & groups who are working toward peace and justice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the age that all the medias are controlled by big corporation and neoconservatives with their own agenda The Real News Network is carrying a huge burden to fill the vacuum and provide news and information for those who interested. The corporate media are feeding the public with very low value and worthless controlled news and trashy entertainments. Unfortunately they have been successful in this regard. The dedicated people who they are trying to give the people an alternative deserve to be honored.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Provide a powerful service (and quickly sent appreciation gift for the donation).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TRNN: always asks the tough questions and is a real sane remedy to the media not doing its job today. TRNN is...