Truthdig, founded in 2005 by Publisher Zuade Kaufman and Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, is dedicated to reporting on current issues that are insufficiently covered by mainstream media. The website’s mission is to dig beneath the headlines, provide expert reporting and commentary and offer an outlet for original work by exceptional journalists.
Truthdig is known for honest and credible reporting and careful fact checking by our professional staff. We insist that our reporting meet the highest standards and focus on the issues that matter most.
Over the years, our peers have recognized our efforts. Our honors include six Webby Awards, 21 awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and affiliated organizations, and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
We do not tell any of our contributors what to write, and the website does not always agree with the views of its writers and bloggers. We are proud to have created a home for provocative and talented writers and to give them the freedom to pursue a story wherever it takes them.
Truthdig’s team is composed of writers and editors who have worked for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News and other major publications. Guiding the staff is Robert Scheer, an award-winning journalist with more than 50 years’ experience.
Unlike at most media companies, ads and the income they produce do not play a big role in Truthdig’s operation. The site is not influenced by advertisers or shareholders and is not controlled by any outside entity. This independence gives us great freedom and great responsibility.
A continuing concern for Truthdig is how to sustain its quality. Digital media is the new frontier for content, but thus far no online news organization and few mainstream media companies have found ways to maintain adequate funding for online coverage.
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Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Political Column/Commentary—Election
National Arts and Journalism Award: First Place, Paul Von Blum, Books/Arts/Design
Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Investigative
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