“Comment is free, but facts are sacred”
“To give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved.”
“To invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”
The Story Behind the Longmont Observer
Launched in the first half of 2017, Longmont Observer was the first digital nonprofit news organization to serve the community of Longmont, CO. Its founders, entrepreneurs and local residents Sergio R. Angeles & Scott Converse, felt their city desperately needed more reporting, analysis, and journalistic competition.
The Longmont Observer is a community supported non-profit news and media organization in Longmont, CO that brings local journalists and volunteers together. We are a 501(c)(3) public charity.
What sets us apart?
- We are supported by our members, sponsors, and underwriters who care about local journalism.
- As a nonprofit our only vested interest is to supply you with quality local news, information, and analysis.
- There will be no paywall so anyone can read the Longmont Observer.
- We are transparent about the way we operate and we will publish our financials regularly.
- We’re bringing genuine community control to our local news.
Our Mission: To inform and enlighten our community by way of facts, not opinion; To speak truth to power and hold those powers accountable; We provide accurate and honest insight about our residents, our neighborhoods, our schools, our businesses, and our government; To be the pulse of Longmont, the heartbeat and memory of our community.
Our Beliefs: Local news should bind a community together. It should inform and enlighten. It should be accurate and honest and it should give us insight into our government, our schools, our businesses, our neighborhoods and our town. It should embody where we live and it should be the heartbeat of our community.
Editorial Independence Policy: The Longmont Observer subscribes to the standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute of Nonprofit News.
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, we are entirely funded by individual members, sponsorships, and grants. We rely on these contributions to continue our mission.
The donors, sponsors, and thousands of individuals who support the Longmont Observer financially do not influence day-to-day coverage, stories or investigations.
To see Longmont Observer’s 501(c)(3) document from the IRS, click on the images below: