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Causes: Arts & Culture, 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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15 Trevor D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout is an organization which tells a side of the story not often represented in mainstream news. It keeps me informed by having intelligent, incisive articles and real investigative journalism to expose facts and stories which help expose wrongdoing and promote solutions; in short, this news source helps to make democracy and human rights flourish.
I am very grateful for its existence.

7 Sara N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I follow Truthout posts on Facebook and find myself reposting ALL the time. Their analysis is incredible.

6 Dan R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a vacuum of actual journalism, Truthout shines as david Vs the goliath of disinformation, lies and distractions.

5 Robert B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout is the rarest of news outlets. It provides a comprehensive view of the world without resorting to the crippling conventional wisdom offered by other 'reliable' sources.

5 Judy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout lives up to its name. It gets the truth out about national and international politics and events.

America's current corporate media subsists by ratings and commercial appeal. They produce propaganda and entertainment. Most Americans are ill informed about anything political and accept commercial media as factual.

Along with being biased towards the profitable, American media refuses to air selected stories that are contrary to their propaganda.

Not so with Truthout. They report news - good and bad. They speak truth to power. They deserve your support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I could get only one source of current events information, it would be TruthOut. I find the information objective and the editorial style challenging. As critical thinking is becoming a lost skill, Americans need a source of international news that is truthful; that does not have a hidden agenda. As a country, ignorance is our greatest enemy.

Other American news sources have corporate support and corporate slant. Neither network nor cable news in this country delivers unbiased reporting. Opinions are purported to be more newsworthy than facts.

Truthout fills this void.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TruthOut is one of my main sources for news. I trust their content, agree with their editorial perspective, and frequently repost their articles for my friends and associates.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout is an essential source of news for me every day. I currently live outside of the US, but I am an American who relies on getting the truth in journalism. I get my news from the internet, and I read a variety of news sources, but Truthout is at the top for providing me with news I can trust. It offers a compilation of the best news out there in both mainstream and alternative news.
I love the Buzz-out quick read news items--these pieces are always hard-hitting, immediate, and compelling. Truthout has some of the most intelligent voices in news--Thom Hartmann, Chris Hedges, William Rivers Pitt--people who are fearless in their expression of both fact and opinion.

Prior to the existence of such high-quality news on the web, I often felt isolated in my beliefs and opinions. After the 9-11 event at the World Trade Center in 2001, I immediately knew there was a story behind the official story. But try talking to your neighbors and friends and boy, you'd feel ostracized and 'unpatriotic.'

Now, when I get my daily dose of information, I know I am not alone, and I can see that I'm not the only one who feels a need to move our society in a different direction. I love that Truthout prints investigative pieces that go behind sensational headlines.

I want news that is vital. I find Huffington Post annoying; Alternet has its share of fluff. Truthout is the best!!!!

Ericka T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are just essential to contemporary democracy. I have much more to say, but this is the basic fact about Truthout. At this moment in time, we need them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout has informed me of so much that other news outlets leave out. Truthout offers so much by giving a wide array of articles that really cut to the point of what is happening in our world. Because it is independent, Truthout does not have to pander to politicians. I appreciate all that Truthout does, and I will continue to be a loyal reader.

Elizabeth S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truthout has rapidly become my most trusted source of news. Not only because of the bravery and eloquence of its writers, but for its insistence on focusing on what is important. I don't want to read about Tiger Blood, and I don't care about whether Scarlett and Sean are dating. I care about a world where my child has a chance at a decent life. I care about America's actions and profile around the globe. I care about holding my elected officials accountable - even if I campaigned hard for them. I deserve the truth, I deserve the dignity of making informed decisions, and I can't be distracted by bread and circuses. I have to make hard decisions, I have to sacrifice, in order to be a good parent, a good neighbor and a good citizen. Truthout is the only news source that has the decency to give me the tools I need to be the person I want to be.

Kathy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently living outside the US with very limited access to daily news from back home. The emails I receive from Truthout have helped me stay informed and up-to-date on major developments in the US and around the world. They cover the stories that most 'mainstream media' don't cover, under-cover or mis-cover. The articles are well informed, fact based and totally lacking the corporate bias that is so often part of other news coverage. Thank you TRUTHOUT!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I do not know what I would do without Truthout. It is one of the few places I can go to get real investigative journalism and find out the truth of what is happening in the world. If it were not for Truthout I would have no news source because all that is left is propganda TV and corporate owned fantasy news. I am unemployed and have two other unemployed people living in my home. We cannot afford expensive cable, thank God for Truthout!

Jackie A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Truthout's journalistic integrity and willingness to report on stories most people dont see in American News. A lot of folks who REALLY want to know whats going on in the world have to turn to foreign news sources, but Truthout is a bright, shining beacon in a world of dim bulbs.

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?").

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?

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.