Common Sense News is focused on investigative reporting about the programs and policies that affect America's kids.
Why We're Here
Common Sense News launched in 2017 in response to the rapidly shifting media landscape and a marked decline in news coverage about kids and families. Although it can feel like the news is everywhere these days, reporting on kids is rare — and investigative reporting, even more so.
We pursue 2-3 significant investigative stories each year that affect kids, their families, and their communities. Our goal is to ensure that policymakers, educators, and parents are not only informed but empowered to make decisions that will shape the future for kids and families.
How We Work
We work with experienced journalists committed to putting kids front and center in the national dialogue and publish our reporting in national publications that reach wide audiences. We have a unique partnership with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, jointly sharing an investigative reporter, Garrett Therolf. The IRP is a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. It has produced and contributed to dozens of groundbreaking stories for broadcast, print, and online outlets.
The Common Sense Connection
We maintain a unique focus on media and technology, which has been the hallmark of content from our parent organization, Common Sense. We are proud to be a part of a national nonprofit with expertise in media, technology, and 21st-century parenting. Common Sense recognizes that comprehensive, nonpartisan news coverage of kids and families is critical to helping kids thrive.
We do independent reporting thanks to the generous support of Emerson Collective, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and readers like you.
Common Sense News is an independent organization within Common Sense, and we follow the guidelines outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists. As part of a national nonprofit, we accept funding from individuals and foundations. But our supporters do not influence our coverage. We believe in transparency and will disclose if we are writing about donors or foundations who have contributed more than $1,000 to Common Sense.
In partnership with our parent organization, Common Sense, we are dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by being a trusted source of information. However, we remain editorially independent from the organization as a whole, and our reporting is not influenced by other organizational activities and goals.
Readers of our news coverage should not be able to discern the private opinions of those who contribute to it.