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Our

Mission

The Real News Network (TRNN) produces independent, verifiable, fact-based journalism that engages ordinary people in solving the critical problems of our times. As legendary journalist Ida B. Wells said, “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”

We examine the underlying causes of the chronic problems, and investigate and report on effective solutions and models for change. We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. People who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers. We believe that real change will be driven by the people who need it most.

While we report on and investigate all important issues of social and economic concern, we consider the climate change crisis an existential threat. In all of our programming and journalism, the impact of environmental degradation and the climate crisis, especially on marginalized people, and the urgency of finding solutions will be front and center.

Our motto is “The Future Depends on Knowing.”

What's News,

and Who's a Newsmaker?

Our perspective on reporting the news is guided by an editorial approach that seeks facts and doesn’t bow to pressure. In everything we produce, we ask:

What’s news? We cover the big stories of the day, but we broaden the definition of what’s important: the movements for working peoples’ rights, for peace, for the health of our planet, and against racism – are news.

Who’s a newsmaker? We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. We think that people who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers.

What matters to a mass audience? We combine sizzle with substance, understanding that craft and entertainment values are critical to winning a large audience. We strive to answer the questions: “Why is this happening to me?” and “What can I do about it?”. TRNN programming provides facts and context to help people advance their interests.

What is the real debate? Our debate is fact-based and witty, resisting talking points and narrow partisanship. We question underlying assumptions and search for solutions.

Are we objective in method and transparent in presentation? We all have interests. This affects the facts we consider important and the sources we decide to trust. TRNN strives to delve into the complexity of issues and base our journalism on verifiable evidence. We work at being transparent and providing ways for viewers to question, debate, and criticize our work.

Our

Model

TRNN is a daily multi-media news and documentary service, headquartered in Baltimore. What makes us different from other news sources is our business model. We are nonprofit and do not accept funding from advertisers, governments, or corporations. TRNN is sustained by viewer donations, foundations, and earned revenue. This independence allows us to follow facts to rational conclusions, without the editorial pressures felt by for-profit, advertising-driven news models.
TRNN has produced more than 15,000 stories viewed more than 200 million times. We deliver international and national news to audiences across the country and around the world, and local news to the people of Baltimore.

Our news reporting is imbued with historical and social context. Our main focus is the search for answers to the social, economic, and environmental challenges. We also cover arts and culture, community organizing, and public policy.

We have produced hundreds of investigative reports, panel discussions, and town hall events that pose the question: If you ran your city in the interest of the majority of the people, what would those policies look like?

TRNN is a 501(c)(3) originally founded in Toronto, Canada, in 2003. Our Baltimore headquarters, which is one block from City Hall, was established in 2013. The Real News Media Center comprises two renovated industrial buildings which total 31,000 sq ft. The buildings feature three multimedia studios, including a TV studio large enough for 125 people where we hold town halls. The buildings also feature production offices, a 6,500 sq ft event space, offices for local NGOs, and Baltimore’s hottest new downtown restaurant, Ida B’s Table.

Our

Supporters

The Real News Network is committed to our independence and does not accept advertising and government or corporate funding. We are sustained by generous contributions from foundations and donors. We could not build truly independent media without donor support.

Our major contributors include:

Dimitri Lascaris
Gary Loughrey

The Benjamin Fund
Bertha Foundation
The Flora Family Foundation

Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation

Matthew Palevsky, Upaya Zen Center

Maximum Differences Foundation

Quitiplas Foundation

Park Foundation
Sheila, Dave and Sherry Gold Foundation
Thomas Roush Fund

TRNN does not share, sell, trade or otherwise release donor’s personal information to any third parties.