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Forget CNN, The NY Times and The Guardian. DAN is my trusted news source.

Meeting DAN at 3am to get the real news that actually matters

If you don’t know DAN, you should. Here’s why.

You seek to know what’s happening in the world — or at least in your world. The talking heads and screaming headlines created by corporations streaming into your mobile amount to mostly clutter.

At the end of the day, think about the news that truly impacts you. Will rents go up? Will the local businesses you depend on be in business next week? Will your health care provider have the protective gear required? Is the bus service dependable? Can you get a better (or any) job nearby? Does your city hall have a plan out of the economic free fall? Is there one calm cafe that serves a good latte with a place to sit and ponder your future in the most uncertain of times? If you happen to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you have a trusted news source in DAN — Downtown Albuquerque News.

As someone who spends his time working in localities to ensure vital services for surviving and thriving (including the collision of the pandemic, economic free fall and social injustice), I see DAN as the model for community news that empowers local residents. There could be great value in a DAN-like enterprise in every city and town.

I set up an interview with Peter Rice, the founder of DAN, to ask how he does it and why local independent news matters now more than ever.

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I set up a zoom interview with DAN founder Peter Rice to get the scoop on DAN.

Why did you start DAN?

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Before DAN, where would residents get the news about their local community?

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How did you decide on DAN — geographically speaking?

What does it take to put out one day’s worth of DAN (what is a day like?)

How do you decide on stories?

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How important is news on city and county elected officials and their voting?

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Where do you get data from?

Who do you get help from?

What do you like most about this project? What do readers like most?

How is this project funded?

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There you have it. A model for local news that can highlight solutions to real local challenges. Check out DAN here (and tell Peter, “Dom sent me.”)

Fight! Survive! Thrive!

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Written by

A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

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