CEO of The Nevada Independent, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website
This week, Ira spoke with Jon Ralston, CEO of The Nevada Independent, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website founded in 2017. In this editorial episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Jon talks about why he decided to start The Nevada Independent; his goal of providing in-depth longer daily pieces than the typical newspaper; the reaction of the mainstream media to his new operation; how technology helps covering news without the need of a central headquarters; how his newsroom functions; the culture he built to provide independent journalism; and the state of modern journalism and its future.
Jon has been covering politics in Nevada for more than 30 years. His blog, Ralston Reports, was founded in 2012 and now lives on The Nevada Independent website. He wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 15 years, the last seven as a freelance columnist. In 1999, Greenspun Media Group purchased his political newsletter, The Ralston Report, and hired him as a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun where his byline appeared until September 2012. He was also a columnist for the Reno Gazette-Journal from January 2015 until November 2016, when he left to start The Indy.