A collaboration among CalMatters, Cityside, Gannett, McClatchy and others underwritten by The McClatchy Foundation.
Location: Barstow, California
Beat: Watchdog reporting of Barstow and Victorville
Position: Partner: Desert Dispatch. News Desert: Barstow, Victorville. The Dispatch is a former Gatehouse news organization that is now owned by Gannett and has no full-time reporter. More than 30,000 people live in Barstow. The beat includes coverage of nearby Fort Irwin, a U.S. Army Base the size of Rhode Island. Troops spend 21 days there before any deployment.