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Help keep our independent, daily local-news organization operating in Thurston County

Two months into the pandemic, in May 2020, we launched The JOLT as an independent, non-partisan news organization for Thurston County.  


"Thanks for taking up the 'slack' in reporting 

in the greater Olympia area."

- Dean French, Olympia


"A very well-written article on the arson fire near the homeless camp. 

Quite concise and unbiased. Good work!

- Mort S., Lacey


Initial funding came from the Nisqually Indian Tribe, a dozen local businesses, the founding publisher and some 45 local individuals who contributed between $9 and $500 each. 

Based on a better understanding of what public service journalism is about we formed a new nonprofit organization in October 2021. Moving forward there are four parts to our funding plan, including contributions from local readers, local advertising, local business sponsorship, and grants from institutions that support local journalism or reporting on specific topics. 

Many local people in Thurston County miss the kind of news we report on, and they've told us how pleased they are with The JOLT so far.


"I'm excited about the JOLT and signed up to receive the daily headlines. And I have this feeling of being in-the-know once again. Keep up the good work. You are so badly needed in these parts."

- Bonnie C., Olympia 


"Thank you for keeping us informed.  Truth to power." 

- Willie L., Lacey


Your support is essential. There's no dark political money supporting The JOLT. There's no national corporation behind what we're doing. Your contribution not only supports our work directly, it tells grant-making foundations that people in the communities we serve are voting for us with their wallets. If you understand the vital role a free and unbiased press plays in our democracy, help support community journalism by contributing to our work, today!

Thank you!

          ~ Danny Stusser, Publisher

P.S. What's happening in Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and the county is at least as important as the national news. When will the road construction be finished (so I can get to work faster)? Did every police officer get the new training? Look what that 15-year-old kid did!  What's that new building on Martin Way?  If you agree that accurate and current local news is essential to our democracy and way of life, please step forward and support The JOLT, today. 

Thank you.