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About The Raincross Gazette

The Raincross Gazette is a digitally native newspaper keeping you posted on what’s happening in Riverside and how it impacts you.

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Welcome to Riverside’s home for reliable local news and events. The Raincross Gazetteis a digitally native newspaper keeping you posted on what’s happening in Riverside and how it impacts you.

Our small team works to find and share the news and information that helps Riversiders thrive in this community. We publish an email newsletter every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6 a.m., which includes helpful local news stories, links to updates you might have missed, and events from our comprehensive community calendar.

‍If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Justin Pardee, Founder and Publisher of The Raincross Gazette

Our Story

Riverside native Justin Pardee founded The Raincross Gazette in December 2020 to bring back the quality local news coverage Riverside deserves.

We began publishing with via email only in January 2021 with a required $5 monthly subscription, expanded to a complete online news outlet in January 2022, and switched to a “free to subscribe” model in January 2023.

We are currently working to expand and increase our coverage with more reporting, and then podcasts, and video content. We hope to one day employ a full team of journalists who have studied and trained here at one of our local colleges and universities. Our freelance reporter roster includes graduates of Riverside City College, UC Riverside, and California Baptist University.

What is a digitally native newspaper?

It’s no secret that the shift from print to digital publishing had a major impact on traditional newspapers. Publishers that built large teams to serve their communities printed a daily paper and delivered it to driveways every morning found themselves with ever-dwindling budgets as advertisers found new options for reaching consumers. The changing landscape led many independent local publishers to consolidate their teams in an attempt to cut costs. For residents of Riverside, these changes meant ever-decreasing quality local news.

We’re building The Raincross Gazette as a digital platform that allows us to expand our coverage, grow our team, and publish more content as our subscriber base grows. This model aligns our incentives perfectly with those of Riverside residents: we deliver great local news, you tell your neighbors, they subscribe, and we grow. All we have to do is keep our promise to deliver trustworthy news.

Support this kind of journalism by bookmarking our site, subscribing to our newsletter, and supporting us financially if you like what we’re doing. And, of course, if you see anything strange happening in town, email and tell us about it.