The San Juan Independent, a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, aims to elevate journalism in our mountain home. We believe that small towns have big stories but know that small papers don’t always have the resources to cover them deeply. So, in contrast to the traditional community news model, we’re backing away from the day-to-day ballgames and bellwethers to focus on the slower-moving scoops that span our region. The San Juans’ environment, economy and community are more complex than a glimpse of a local council meeting can capture and so, instead, we endeavor to produce rich accounts that analyze the full arc of an issue. We hold journalism to be a public service that fuels debate and democracy, and seek to give our public the best information possible.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we endeavor to find a broad diversity of sponsors and are deeply grateful that they support our unflinching pursuit of the truth in the public interest. We operate with absolute editorial freedom and aspire to the public perception of entirely unbiased journalism. Our reputation is our most important currency.
Pursuant to this mission, here is a list of our sponsors.
With many thanks to donations from:
Polly Parsons and Jim Jacobson
Michael and Irina Zivian
John and Pam Lifton/Zoline
Mike and Merry Mayer
Brian and Meghann Werner
Member of the Community
Alec Jacobson | Director | firstname.lastname@example.org| 802-578-6339
Alec Jacobson has worked as a photographer around the world and was recently selected as a National Geographic Young Explorer. Before moving to Telluride, he was the Editor in Chief of ArtsRiot.com, building the site from a blog into an online culture magazine. He graduated from Amherst College in 2012, where he studied Anthropology, French and Arabic.
Samantha Wright | Co-Editor
Samantha Tisdel Wright is a nationally recognized journalist and poet who has worked for a variety of publications on the Western Slope of Colorado, including, most recently, The Watch newspaper.
During her tenure at The Watch, she won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on a double-fatality at the Revenue Mine near Ouray. She also won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association as a reporter and editor at the Ouray County Plaindealer, and is a two-time runner-up for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.
Before settling into her career in journalism, Wright explored far-flung corners of the world ranging from the Silk Road to the Killing Fields to the crocodile-infested rivers of Queensland, Australia. She has pulled pints in a 500-year-old English pub, cast nets from a commercial fishing boat in Alaska, taught English in the People’s Republic of China, and worked as a firehouse dispatcher and science writer at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Today, she writes and raises two red-headed children with her husband in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, dividing her time between Silverton and Ouray.
Contact Samantha Wright at email@example.com, Tweet @iamsamwright or call 970/764-7438.
Allison Perry | Journalist
Allison Perry was born and raised in New York City and earned a BA in Political Science from The University Of Wisconsin – Madison and a JD at Case Western Reserve University School Of Law before moving to Alaska with the hopes of becoming the next Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. Although she went so far as to pass the Bar Exam in Sarah Palin’s playground, she became disillusioned with law and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist and a photographer. She moved to Colorado in 2010 and after a few years ski-bumming and retailing, she was finally able to transform her freelance writing into a full time career at The Watch. Allison believes local journalism is an essential part of living in a small town, and strives to write objectively, in plain English, with a critical eye and a dash of sarcasm here and there. She is stoked to be a part of the San Juan Independent.