Leslie Layton


ChicoSol produces investigative and cross-cultural journalism on a digital platform. In-depth, inclusive journalism is key to building an informed community that values civic participation. As a nonprofit, we maintain financial independence and partner with other media outlets. Through our internship program, we support young journalists with mentoring and publication.

The increase in Web traffic to the ChicoSol site – 400 percent during the past five years – proves that demand for local, in-depth reporting is high and ChicoSol fills a vacuum created by industry turmoil. Producing ChicoSol is labor-intensive and expensive. Our membership drive will finance this outlet on a long-term basis. If you believe in this work, please contribute by becoming a “Member Subscriber” or a “Member Contributor.” You’ll be glad you did, and thanks!

Member subscriber (minimum $60/year or $5/month): Donate annually or make a monthly contribution. You may sign up for email and/or text alerts and submit event announcements that will be posted as our “Calendario ChicoSol” guidelines permit. You’ll be invited to an annual meet-and-greet with ChicoSol editors and writers, who will discuss their work and your story ideas. Click here to make a one-time donation or monthly autopay

Member contributor $25-$59/year: You may sign up for email alerts when we post new stories. You may submit event announcements that will be posted as space and website guidelines permit. Click here


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How do we use your contributions? Members help us cover operating costs like Web hosting and maintenance. We pay stipends for investigative stories that require many hours of challenging work. With additional reader support, we will fund scholarships for student interns and increase the frequency and variety of our posts.

Launched in 2007 as an English-Spanish magazine, ChicoSol has had dozens of stories reprinted by other outlets. Here are some of our recent accomplishments that were possible because of community support:

  • Collaborated with Orland Unified School District and other organizations to hold an immigration information fair in March 2017;
  • Won reporting fellowships from New America Media, a national ethnic media collaborative;
  • Received the 2016 Ethnic Media merit award for immigration coverage for a story produced by a student intern;
  • Produced an investigative series on policing practices in Butte County;
  • Participated on a panel at a June 2017 national journalism conference in Phoenix;
  • Became a partner in the ProPublica “Documenting Hate” national database project;
  • Collaborations with community radio station KZFR, the Chico News & Review, New America Media and other outlets.