If you’re a reader of Signal Cleveland, you probably already know about our Cleveland Documenters and their critical work covering local government meetings. They are the heart of what we do here.
A new approach to local news
The Documenters got their start in 2020, two years before Signal Cleveland launched, and, since then, have become a formidable force producing local news and information every week. We have equipped hundreds of Greater Cleveland residents with training and resources that let them go out into the community to document the decisions our elected officials make every day.
Most of the time, our Documenters are covering meetings where no other reporters are present. Let that sink in.
They fill a critical need: keeping our community informed and holding our elected leaders accountable. This work is essential to a healthy democracy, and we don’t stop there.
Access to information that matters
After Documenters cover these meetings, we make sure all Greater Cleveland residents have access to their work, summarized in Public Meeting Briefs, which we make available in a variety of formats on multiple platforms:
- Here on signalcleveland.org
- In a weekly email delivered to more than 9,000 subscribers
- In print every month in The Cleveland Observer, reaching 3,000 Clevelanders
- On social media, reaching tens of thousands of people
- Across five podcast platforms, including Apple and Spotify
- Over the airwaves at WOVU 95.9 FM, which has more than 70,000 listeners
We believe strongly that the work of our Documenters should be accessible to all, and that means reaching residents where they are — in print, online, on social media and through podcasts and radio broadcasts.
We’re publishing a new kind of local news that this city has never seen. As a nonprofit newsroom, we depend on readers like you to fund our efforts.