How is Community Impact Newspaper funded?


Community Impact Newspaper, which has 26 papers across Texas and Arizona, relies on local advertising for funding.

Our founders, John and Jennifer Garrett, remain the private owners of the company. They set the direction for a newspaper that provides local journalism and local advertising.

Advertising with Community Impact Newspaper not only allows us to produce quality content, but it also allows us to maintain our local team, including our publisher, account executive, designer and editor, and provide hyperlocal news for free in Gilbert.

That said, each article we write is independent from our advertisers. Whether they advertise or not is not a factor when we decide who to spotlight or what Impacts we use. That’s a promise we keep for the benefit of our readers and our advertisers. Our editorial independence helps us maintain quality reporting and news with a good balance of advertisement.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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