WHAT WE DO
We power paywall-free news with a public service mission because people need to know what’s happening in their communities, and people in charge need to know someone’s watching.
We produce revelatory, investigative pieces that reveal injustice, seek accountability and advance solutions in the public interest. We don’t chase the 24-hour news cycle or write opinion pieces.
The Beacon invests in increasing the shared capacity of local newsrooms by collaborating with media partners. Our stories are available for republishing.
We love to talk about our professional procedures and commitment to accurate, fair and complete journalism. We practice full transparency in every aspect of our funding. We’re editorially independent, and our news judgments are not influenced by donors.
We engage diverse perspectives to make decisions with our community as part of our journalism. Our growth plan ensures that writers and editors telling stories come from diverse backgrounds.
The Beacon combats misinformation and spurs reform by working to access public records and help readers understand measurable patterns based on investigative findings and facts.
The Beacon is locally-controlled and managed by a board of governance and editorial staff in Missouri and Kansas. Our business is designed to reduce overhead so our focus can be on bringing the community together around sustainable local journalism.