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is a nonprofit online news organization that focuses on in-depth and investigative reporting on civic issues.

The site was by venture capitalist Buzz Woolley and veteran San Diego journalist Neil Morgan, funded by as a way to fill what they saw a gap in local government reporting.

Its annual budget is about $1 million, and it has , though it in December 2011. About of the site’s revenues as of 2014 came from community and corporate sponsorships, with coming from major donors such as Woolley, 28 percent from foundations (including the ), and 15 percent from individual donors through a membership program. As of September 2009, Woolley had provided the site with in donations over five years. Voice of San Diego also makes some money from syndicating its content and is its membership model. In 2014, it received a $1.2 million joint grant with MinnPost from the Knight Foundation to improve attraction and retention of members.

Voice of San Diego has a , with just fewer than 100,000 unique visitors per month as of late 2009. The organization has won , and its investigations have forced .

The site was , and it has worked to encourage online discussion, making civic participation half of its two-part mission and hiring its first engagement editor in 2010.

Voice of San Diego also emphasizes explanatory journalism, producing regular “explainers” and .

It in 2013 with an emphasis on multi-story narratives and social interaction among users.

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis talks about the value of explainers:

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