The Beacon at the six-month mark

When the Rochester Beacon launched on Oct. 18, it did so with a very lean budget, all-volunteer staff—and no guarantees of survival. Six months later, the Beacon is on track to exceed some of its most ambitious first-year goals.

Why the Rochester Beacon?

Some think it’s necessary for journalists to dumb things down to gain an audience online. We believe there’s a better way, one that spans news and investigative reporting, analysis and opinion grounded in facts.