Our comment policy is changing. Here’s why.

Starting next week, we will require commenters to use their full, real names. Our goal is to keep the Beacon open to as many voices as possible, while removing anonymity, which generally does not promote thoughtful, responsible comment.

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.