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Leslie Layton


Fund Purpose

ChicoSol was established to provide a digital platform for in-depth reporting and cross-cultural journalism in the Northern Sacramento Valley, and to encourage young writers through mentoring and publication. We expand the community conversation through the inclusion of new voices and by publishing in both English and Spanish. With community support, we will continue to expand our mission by partnering with local groups to facilitate outreach to immigrant families.


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Since our 2007 launch, ChicoSol has published hundreds of articles by college students, community members and professional journalists in both English and Spanish. This online magazine provides a platform for investigative reporting and feature writing to bring new voices into the community conversation. We profile interesting community members and investigate complex policy issues.

Many of our student writers have gone on to media/communication positions in larger cities after reporting on cross-cultural issues for ChicoSol. Our articles have been published locally by print publications and regionally by large online publications. In some cases, ChicoSol has been the only local media outlet to provide in-depth reporting on a topic.

In the North State as elsewhere in the country, resources for in-depth reporting at traditional media outlets have been slashed. Across the country, nonprofit organizations are stepping in to fill the information gap.

ChicoSol is managed by professional journalists who believe that good journalism — fair reporting and clear writing — are essential to a healthy democracy and thriving community. With your support, we will build an enduring non-profit that supports student journalists and in-depth reporting. Donations provide writer stipends and can also be used for the costs of organization building. Thanks for your support!