City County Observer Makes Arrangement With ProPublica Newsroom


The City-County Observer is pleased to announce that they have worked out an arrangement to use the contents published in the online award-winning ProPublica publication.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. They dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust and they stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account. With a team of more than 50 dedicated reporters and editors.

ProPublica covers a range of topics including government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, healthcare, immigration, and technology. They focus on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact.

Among other positive changes, their reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels. Investigative journalism requires a great deal of time and resources, and many newsrooms can no longer afford to take on this kind of deep-dive reporting.

As a nonprofit, ProPublica work is powered primarily through donations. The vast bulk of the money they spend goes directly into a world-class, award-winning journalism. They are committed to uncovering the truth, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs, and they practice transparent financial reporting so donors know how their dollars are spent.
ProPublica was founded in 2007-2008 with the belief that investigative journalism is critical to our democracy. Their staff remains dedicated to carrying forward the important work of exposing corruption, informing the public about complex issues, and using the power of investigative journalism to spur reform.

Partnerships are one of the ways that ProPublica can seek to maximize the impact of journalism. Since 2008, ProPublica has partnered with hundreds of other news organizations to report, edit, distribute, and create local content around their investigations. In the future, City-County Observer hopes to partner with ProPublica on doing investigative articles on local issues concerning the not so obvious.

FOOTNOTE: The MISSION of ProPublica is to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.

ProPublica is honored to have been recognized by their peers. ProPublica and members of their staff have been honored for the quality of our work, the ethics of our journalists, and the innovative spirit of our newsroom. Since they began publishing in 2008, ProPublica has received four Pulitzer Prizes, three Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards, five George Polk Awards, three Online Journalism Awards for General Excellence and a National Magazine Award among others.


  1. Won’t you lose your hard won independence with this move ? There is never a free lunch. hda

    • DOC ADAMS here is an IS IT TRUE that we recently posted. We think it explains why we decided to use ProPublica on a limited basis. Its obvious that the article posted below is something you wouldn’t see published in the local media.

      Oh, just wait to read the article they wrote about “WASTED IN HEALTH CARE” that we will post later this week?

      IS IT TRUE back in 2016 ProPublica and NPR did an investigative article on the  forgiveness of debts practices and the lawsuits filed against poor patients of Heartland Regional Medical Center (now called Mosaic Life Care) hospital located in the small city of St. Joseph, Mo?  …while ProPublica and NPR were doing the research for this article they discovered that the not-for-profit Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. filed more than 20,000 collection lawsuits against patients from 2010 through 2015, according to ProPublica’s analysis of state court data? …after questioning by ProPublica, Deaconess officials said it was reconsidering its financial assistance policies and would be making changes.

      Thanks for reading the CCO!


    • Dann

      Please read the response we sent to Doc Adams. This will answer you question.

      Thanks for reading the CCO.


  2. CCO….……………..this is without a doubt MAGA………………….

    • And so are you bro! And Joe.

      Turning over a new leaf you know. If you can’t beat um, join um.

      Believe me….

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