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Causes: Arts & Culture, Journalism, Media & Communications, Printing & Publishing

Mission: Our Mission Truthout works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on under-covered issues and unconventional thinking. Harnessing the expanding power of the Internet, we work to spread reliable information, critical thought and progressive ideas. Our Values We are devoted to equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe in the power of free speech, and know that democratic journalism can make the world a better place.

Geographic areas served: National, International, Internet

Programs: Truthout is an independent, nonprofit news website, centering on american politics, human rights and world affairs.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is my main source for news. One of the most objective sources of reporting that I've found.

J Darras D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the best sources of pertinent news. I read it everyday.

1 Karen S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout is a rare organization that pulls together journalists with integrity and a hunger for exposing corruption and folly in our society. Our country simply needs more organizations like this to keep us a vigilant and informed Democracy.

Truthout helps me inform my community, colleagues, and friends about our the political and economic landscape of our country. It motivates me daily to work toward a more equitable and prosperous community.

Today, for instance, I spoke about my community's concerns about school teacher reductions with the head of HR for the entire city school system. I am proud that I have established a communication link between parents of my school, the teacher's Union, and the LAUSD school system. Truthout helps motivate me to be an active and responsible citizen. They provide a national and local context to I value them so much that I donate a very small amount to TruthOut on a monthly basis.

Robert O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What I most enjoyed about Truthout, being on a limited fixed income, was their "disclaimer" saying something to the effect that if you can't afford to donate, don't worry, but please tell your friends about us. Most of the articles I see in Truthout, are not affected by the publications' relationship to advertisers (as when Molly Ivins was writng for the Dallas paper, and she wrote an item critical of an automobile, and the Dallas Auto Dealers pulled all their advertising from that paper, and the Editor took out billboards "Molly Ivins can't say that, can she?").

Kheiron Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rely on TruthOut for quality and accurate information about what transpires in our world. We can't rely on corporate-controlled media anymore. TruthOut is a pioneer and a trail-blazer in providing a viable alternative to corporate news. I highly recommend TruthOut to anyone interested in "real" news, and they are one of the few organizations I support financially (it's not a lot, but it's what I've got!)

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a world where corporations control the information I'm allowed to have, I treasure TRUTHOUT. Investigative journalism has all but perished elsewhere, but how else can we have an informed electorate? And without an informed electorate, how can we hope to have a democracy?

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout is my best source for real news. Not propaganda, not fluff. First place I go to for TRUTH.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout is the most professional and informative independent news source that I've encountered.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout is a marvelous organization. It tries to speak truth to power and is almost always informative and on the cutting edge of exposing inequalities in race gender and class, I regret that I am not able to be a constant financial supporter but my wife and I have contributed off and on for years. They DESERVE to to be supported because they are courageous and outspoken.

Donny B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout has been the one unwavering voice of the pro-democracy movement here in America since it's inception.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truth Out brings news and information that is vital in an age of corporate bought news organizations. We need truthout to be alive and viable in order to see through these dark ages.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The thing I have observed about Truthout is that they are out ahead of the story, not afraid, doing their research, reporting it to the public and then "finally" the major media might pick up on something Truthout reported weeks ago. I was wary of them at first and they have earned my trust. Thank you for getting at the truth!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since at least 2000, the "Fourth Estate" has neglected its role of keeping our citizens well informed with great investigative reporting. As a result, wars are being waged that needn't have been and thousands of our troops and innocent civilians of the world have been murdered. TruthOut is helping fill be void left when the corporate owned media (only about 6 or 7 mega-companies now control content and accuracy in news) dictate what we see, hear, and read. Right now, it is citizens and organizations with patriotism and quality journalism at heart that are barely holding fascism at bay or exposing fascism's creep into our government and its policies and procedures. We can only hope TruthOut keeps up the quality journalism it has offered thus far.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout does exactly what it says on the tin. I don't subscribe to alerts from many sources but Truthout tops my list. It agenda is simple. The education of the masses into the erosion of freedoms where ever that may be. It stands apart because it has no set agenda, its drive is in the flow of information and viewpoints in an age where connection provides the tools to unite people with a common goal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five star is described as being "Far exceeds expectations", and this is certainly true for TRUTHOUT. All the articles are exceptionally well written, researched, collaborated and different. They do not tell the same story as the mainstream media, but in many cases give a well-argued and factually supported view of current affairs. I was extremely impressed by TRUTHOUT from reading my first article, and receive regular updates via Facebook. Their website is very accessible and topical with new articles of extreme interest, especially in the covering of the Wisconsin protests (which were not well covered here in the UK), and Wikileaks. All I can say is I'm glad to have discovered such a great organization which I hope will continue to expand and will bring the Truth out.

Kathleen C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have read the various articles in TRUTHOUT for awhile. I don't like the general media, which I find to be numbing and slanted toward what I call the corporate sponsered non-news. I trust TRUTHOUT to have renowned investigative writers and people who question the status-quo. I want to know the facts so I can draw my own conclusions. I don't care about what I call the fluff and stuff news, ie. Lindsey, Brittaniny, Rush L., and Beck-the people whose egos must be stroked(shiver), so they make their millions. I am a free thinker and TRUTHOUT supports free thinking.

Paul B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I read truthOut daily. Having their articles stream to my facebook account helps me keep up with views you just don't find in most corporate controlled media outlets. Someone has to counterbalance the stream of corporate sponsored news. Access to independent analysis is critical to staying informed about current events and long term trends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I rely on Truthout for daily, in-depth, well-researched reporting. Now I just have to remember to mail in another contribution to them so that they can keep giving me more of the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout delivers well-researched, informative articles daily to my Facebook wall, and I read them all. The articles are often more in-depth than those of major dailies, and the editorial and writing standards are very high. It is one of my most trusted sources for news and information that is often glossed over by mainstream media outlets, and a fresh unique voice on the stories that receive wide attention. Truthout transcends typical blog standards by a wide margin. I hope it continues to thrive!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout has alerted us, on a very regular basis, to irregularities -governmental and corporate. I've found its articles to be honest and truthful.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Truth-Out's articles are immensely informative; so much so, that after a few months of regularly reading the site, I was moved to become a donor. Unfortunately, even though I am a donor, Truth-Out's website prevents me from participating in the discussions attached to the articles. Whenever I try to post a comment, I get a message saying that my post appears to be a duplicate, and that it was blocked by the site's "spam filter."

Three times I have tried to contact support via the contact links on the site to request assistance with the problem, and three times has my request gone without the courtesy of a reply. I would therefore publicly like to request that the site either have the courtesy to contact me to resolve my comment posting problem, or have the decency to return my contributions to date. This is no way to treat a donor!

Sincerely,
Mark P. Kessinger

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Truthout forgets that its name starts with Truth, not fiction, not lies and lies is exactly what it has frequently posted about depleted uranium. The latest article by its Intern Mike Ludwig does not measure up to the prior standard established by reports from Mississippi a couple of years ago about the long ago lynchings there.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truthout has been an indispensable source of information on global issues of human rights -- including women's rights. By empowering more women journalists and correspondents in their daily news cycle, Truthout remains aligned with its mission of justice through education on the most important issues of our time. As a woman journalist myself, it's oftentimes difficult to break through within the long-standing patriarchal structure of news-breaking. But Truthout's internal structure, with its top administrative and editorial positions occupied by brilliant women, makes this glass ceiling disappear. Thank you, Truthout!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a co-convener of the legislative working group of United for Peace and Justice and a professor of US foreign policy. Of all the progressive websites, Truthout has been the most responsive to me and to the work of our organization (which has been mainly led by women). As our Congressional work has unfolded, the editors have sought our input on developments and they have also been willing to publish articles, when relevant. When other websites report on this subject, they have overwhelmingly relied on men as their sourcss. Truthout does excellent reporting. The fact that it is now led by women is a meaningful accomplishment.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A well curated combination of news and opinion, combining both original pieces and work published elsewhere. Insightful, provocative and challenging, I wish I had the time to fully digest all they offer. Occasionally, conflicting views may be presented, yet they are always well considered and thoughtfully presented. I wouldn't want to go without it.

Review from Guidestar

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Truthout provides accurate and relevant information. I have had an excellent experience with this organization. It keeps me well-informed with up-to-the minute information.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recent issues covered by Truthout include the BP oil spill, Rand Paul's election in KY, and the new immigration law in AZ. In covering each of these issues, Truthout consistently provides the reader with unique points of view, news on under-covered points of view, and frequently Truthout provides the reader with news stories not covered by the mainstream media. Their news coverage has sparked me to do more research into a number of topics and has caused me to change my view more than once. In a day of highly partisan news reporting, Truthout is a breath of fresh, and honest air!

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout is a great independent online news source that reports honestly and with integrity. Truthout is one of the few news sources that I can count on to be accurate and without a personal and/or business agenda. They report the truth and the facts...which is rare lately.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

Truthout came to my attention as many of the articles I came across on various news boards and websites and found to be well researched, informed and often times the lone voice on a viewpoint were written for Truthout. Not sure if it was a Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky, Dhar Jamail, William Rivers Pitt or one of the other contributors but it did not take long to recognize the role that Truthout takes in providing real news to a neglected audience.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

For a year or so Truthout was just one of several sources for news and opinion outside mainstream manipulations - good, helpful, trustworthy. But as political power plays became less literate, as the Obama-glow faded, as the US showed itself incapable of dealing with the fundamentals of functional democracy, Truthout became a pillar of sanity in the daily online schedule. Then to realize the actual quality of the contributors, to read them regularly, to find actual references to other reading included with the essays - Truthout exemplifies for me real and ethical journalism that operates from both a democratic imperative to truth but also from a pedagogy of respect for its readers...that they may become informed thinkers and participants in public life. Yes, "client served" as a daily reader; a "donor" as often as I can afford; a "professional" in that I am writing my dissertation and have made use of the references and will be quoting from essays; and a "general member" in that I post essays to Facebook. When I've had concerns or comments or had problems with email service, response from Truthout has been prompt and respectful. Of the several news sites I subscribe to, Truthout is the one I depend on most for thoughtful and in-depth consideration of the issues.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout is an exceptional source for anyone interested in finding out more about important issues that are not being reported by the main-stream media outlets. I've been reading regularly for over a year now, and find their work to be extremely powerful and thought-provoking. Truthout is a beacon of truly independent journalism shining in a sea of circuses.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout collects, sometimes supports the writing of, and distributes (via the internet) valuable news and analysis that can rarely be found in other media. It is especially valuable in offering a daily compendium of stories and commentary on national and international events, as well as political commentary. Truthout has some direct competitors, but no other comparable service is as useful and dependable. I support them modestly with the little I can afford. I wish I could send more.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Melbourne Australia and for the last 3-4 years have awakened ever increasingly to the alternative "story" on the "goings on" in our world. The internet has been the most wonderful tool for my awakening. To realize that there are other sources for other perspectives, more information, on the story's and the "goings on" that mainstream media and news report on. 3-4 years ago I came across "Truthout". To this day, this news source remains my favourite source of information for true reporting. I have come to totally trust Truthout for its honest, independent journalism, that it is unafraid to run stories critical of the US government and its policies at a time of such deceit.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My physical introduction to Truthout was on April 26 when George Lakoff shared a pannel with Norman Solomon, KPfA hostess, Bonnie Faulkner, & Sonoma State professor, Cynthia Boas. The success of this event acknowledges the efforts of my group of activists at Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, finding partnership with the energy of Truthout staff and service. Reading their articles have been a regular part of my intellectual diet for a while now.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truthout is a wholly unique news organization that structurally debases the status quo—and not just the status quo of corporate news media, but of independent, organized, and feminist news organizations.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truthout is a top rate news provider, and a vital one. They touch the stories that no one else will. And in addition I have found them to be accurate and dependable. So far I have not found them to be in error, lying or exaggerating, or giving a 'spin' to a story to promote a specific viewpoint. This type of old school journalistic integrity is rare and valuable in this time of 'fluff' news that has been watered down and 'tailored' for 'consumers'.

8

Donor

Rating: 4

Truthout is a news aggregator and journalistic organization providing me with outstanding news and commentary that is simply not available from mainstream sources. It gives me the opportunity to feel more genuinely informed so that I can attempt to protect my family and assist my community and country from a place that feels truthful. Authenticity is crucial and I feel that Truthout's mission is to keep providing me, the owner of a small business, with the best information that can be fearlessly presented.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

Since the media no longer reports any news not relating to Lindsey Lohan it has become mandatory to search out news on the internet and read it to yourself. Truthout provides a website that gathers important news from a variety of sources, and their own reporters' and opinion writers' articles, in one place. If you are registered with their site they send the articles straight to your email address. I read everyday from the Truthout emails. I read news that never sees the light of day, at worst, or news that may eventually make it into mainstream news, months or years later. With Truthout you know what's going on, when it's going on.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truthout is an organization that performs an extremely valuable public service by compiling quality writing and reporting from a wide variety of sources. They make this writing easily available on their website and by sending out frequent summaries with links to pieces. It's an amazing labor of democracy, for only an informed public can make the best decisions for society as a whole. And you certainly don't get a true perspective on the wide variety of stories and thinking out there from the mainstream media.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Truthout is one of the many news sources i look to to find relevant information about current issues and crises that affect the populations that i serve.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely informative news site, what I really like about truthout is that they don't fall in line like the other news sources. They tell the truth and are not to expose the real and very controversial subjects.

8

Donor

Rating: 4

I think TRUTHOUT.ORG is doing a really good job by being fair to all. Thanks so much for joining social networking site that is commonly used to get in touch with friends only. TRUTHOUT need to do fight. 1.changing politics that is shifting to the right. 2. yes, young people reads and love politics. 3. Americans are becoming more and more hostile towards immigrate but we do love this country as much as any other born and raised American love this country!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Other than giving $10 a month, I do not have any other role than a consumer of they information that they provide. I am almost a shut in due to a condition that affect my spine, its connective tissues, and the spinal cord. Because of this, Truthout is an extremely trenchant portal on the physical world as well as the world of idea. I highly recommend that you support this organization as I know of no other that provides the services Truthout does and the loss of Truthout would be a substantial blow to my quality of life. Thank you, George E. Mills, Jr. millsge@gmail.com

6

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent source of information. It tends to be biased toward the let, but that's good since so many of the other media outlets are nothing more than right wing talking points memos.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great source of information and inspiration for me, offering news and articles from all over the media which I otherwise might miss. It is one of my top current event resources, and I am grateful it is there.

Review from Guidestar