PublicSource goes live

PublicSource, the new kid on the block in the Western Pennsylvania media landscape, is launching on Sunday. We hope you’ll come to know us well.

Our goal is to become a trusted source of in-depth and enterprise news and investigations. At a time when there’s more information than ever available to you, we want to prove our value as a reliable authority on issues of importance.

We are a non-profit, public service website that will take the complex questions facing the region, put them in context and shine a light on parts of the story that may not have been told elsewhere.

To accomplish that, we are joining with the region’s most trustworthy news outlets – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, The New Pittsburgh Courier, Essential Public Radio, The Allegheny Front, Pop City and WQED.

We will sometimes work in partnership with them. For example, for the launch of our website, we’ve collaborated with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and The Allegheny Front to produce a story about Pennsylvania and West Virginia colleges and universities and their relationships with companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

At other times, we’ll produce original reporting with PublicSource reporters and freelancers that our partners will distribute on radio, television, in print and on the Internet.

As the revolution in news and on the Internet continues, virtually anyone can publish at will, without verified facts or a breadth of expertise and points of view. You won’t find that here.

We will work to give you scrupulously verified information and in-depth stories that you won’t get elsewhere, in-depth and investigative news that delves deeply into the problems we face as a society.

Our goal is to give you the facts you need to make decisions as a public citizen.  We will not decide for you, but believe the informed citizen makes better decisions.

We also ask for your help. The media are often criticized for not writing about things they should know about.  We’ve provided a place for you to help inform our reporting by telling us what you know, what we should be covering and what’s important to you. You are a part of this news equation and we will listen.

Investigative and enterprise journalism isn’t easy. It takes patience, time and expertise. Many news organizations have faced financial difficulties and have fewer people than ever to focus on in-depth news.

PublicSource is fortunate to be supported by foundations that believe information is critical to a free society: The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. While they have given us substantial amounts of money to do our work because they believe in its importance, they have no hand in determining what subjects we cover or what our stories say.

So, let’s begin. Let us know what you think of our initial stories. And help us build on them by pointing us in the direction of more stories we should cover.

Comment on our stories. Watch our videos and slideshows. Talk about issues on our Facebook page. We’re a new part of your community.

Sharon Walsh



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