The Rivard Report
110 E. Houston St. #207
San Antonio, Texas 78205 [Map]
The Rivard Report is San Antonio’s leading local online news source. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan and we do not have a paywall. Our content is available at no cost to everyone in the city and beyond. We publish without fear or favor, or any obligation to outside owners or interests. We cover all that is best about San Antonio: its personalities, neighborhoods, businesses, culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment. We tackle the city’s problems and challenges, too, and spotlight innovative solutions, many to be found in other cities competing for the next generation of talented workers and their families.
We feature the work of a team of curious, energetic staff journalists and publish contributions from respected freelance journalists. We encourage lively, civil debate in the comments section that accompanies each of our stories. We regularly publish articles and commentaries from elected officials, civic and community leaders, entrepreneurs and other business leaders, educators and artists — San Antonians from all walks of life.
The Rivard Report is member-supported. We do not receive any government funding. We do receive philanthropic and foundation funding, and we feature paid advertising and sponsorships. The engagement of readers, commenters, article contributors, and financial supporters is vital to our growth and community service. We offer a variety of membership levels for individuals and businesses, and hope you will join today as an individual or business supporter.
Longtime journalist Robert Rivard and his wife, Monika Maeckle, a publishing executive, founded the Rivard Report as a community blog in February 2012. It now reaches more than 200,000 unique visitors each month. We reorganized in late 2015 as a 501(c)(3) with a diverse and accomplished Board of Directors. The commitment of these board members speaks to the importance of our mission to serve San Antonio with homegrown, trusted journalism.
We believe a well informed and connected community is essential to making San Antonio a better place to live, work and play.
To become San Antonio’s most trusted and lively source of news and commentary.
We publish a wide range of voices and opinions.
We embrace San Antonio’s unique history and culture and its diverse communities.
We strive to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, fairness, and openness.
Whenever we learn that we’ve made an error of fact or context, we publish a correction or amplification within the story where the error appeared. We promptly correct and acknowledge all errors identified by readers, individuals we have reported on or interviewed, or mistakes identified by members of our staff. Errors or requests for clarification can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We publicly disclose all sources of funding for the Rivard Report.
Each of our Board members and employees adheres to our Conflict of Interest Policy and the Code of Ethics published by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Rivard Report is a nonprofit corporation and is exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(3). It has its own governing board: Richard “Dick” Schlosberg III is the founding chairman; John “Chico” Newman is the founding vice-chairman; and Lew Moorman is the founding Treasurer. Editor & Director Robert Rivard serves as the Board Secretary. Founding Directors include Katy Flato, Dan Goodgame, and Laura Saldivar Luna.
The Rivard Report Staff:
Publisher Robert Rivard, former newspaper editor, columnist and author has called San Antonio home for more than two decades. Follow Robert on Twitter @rivardreport or on Facebook. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Managing Editor Iris Dimmick moved to San Antonio in February 2012. Iris was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colo. and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Washington University. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenna Price Mallette is the director of development for the Rivard Report. Before joining the team, Jenna worked with the Trinity University College Advising Corps and Robot Creative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Psychology from Trinity University. Reach her at email@example.com.
Katy Silva is the advertising and marketing manager for the Rivard Report. She previously served as the director of marketing and communications at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, as well as the marketing coordinator at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Ball is the Rivard Report’s photo editor. You can contact him at email@example.com. His photography can be found in almost every story published on the Rivard Report these days and more can be found at www.scottstephenball.com
Bonnie Arbittier joined our team in February 2017 after moving to Texas to intern at the Victoria Advocate. Following an internship with Annie Leibovitz, she completed a Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. You can see her portfolio at www.bonniearbittier.com and her musings on her Instagram @bonniearbittier.
Wendy Lane Cook spent more than a decade at the Associated Press with bureaus in Texas and California, covering everything from state elections to natural disasters to the Olympic Games. From there she moved to The Washington Post. After stepping away from full-time journalism for some time, she became editor and writing coach at the Rivard Report in January 2017.
Before moving to San Antonio in 2004, Hanna Oberhofer was a competitive rhythmic gymnast in her native Austria. She earned degrees from St. Mary’s University and the Texas State Graduate College before joining the Rivard Report as production editor in June 2016. Follow her on Instagram at @hanna_inn_sa
Health Reporter Roseanna Garza has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and composition and a minor in sociology from St. Mary’s University and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from the UTSA, where she went on to pursue clinical licensure as a licensed professional counselor.
Data Director Emily Royall is a technologist and urban planner focusing on integrating technology and urban development in meaningful, ethical, and sustainable ways. Emily holds a BS in Neuroscience from UT Austin and an MA in Urban Planning from MIT.
Iris Gonzalez, a first generation Cuban American and former defense research analyst, covers technology, cybersecurity, bioscience, and military and veterans’ affairs. She’s also a docent at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Shari Biediger, our business reporter, has earned recognition for her writing from the International Association of Business Communicators, the Educational Press Association, Public Relations Society of America, and AdFed. She has worked for theRecorder-Times, San Antonio Bar Association, and USAA.
Mike Monroe is a longtime, award-winning NBA and Spurs reporter who recently retired from the Express-News and now frequently contributes to the Rivard Report.
Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, MPH, is the San Antonio Program Director for The Immunization Partnership. Following years of tropical disease research on vector-borne diseases, she was the epidemiologist for the San Antonio Metro Health Department, Public Health Preparedness and later the Communicable Disease Program Manager with the Department of State Health Services, Region 8.
Mitch Hagney is a writer and hydroponic farmer in downtown San Antonio. Hagney is CEO of LocalSprout.
*This is not a complete list of our more than 200 contributors, but we’ll be sure to add more faces to this page in the future as we grow.
Seek Truth and Report It
The Rivard Report and its staff adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics:
Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
– Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.
– Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.
– Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
– Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.
– Be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises they make.
– Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
– Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.
– Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.
– Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public.
– Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.
– Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
– Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.
– Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.
– Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.
– Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.
– Label advocacy and commentary.
– Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.
– Never plagiarize. Always attribute.
Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
– Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.
– Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment.
– Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast.
– Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.
– Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do.
– Balance a suspect’s right to a fair trial with the public’s right to know. Consider the implications of identifying criminal suspects before they face legal charges.
– Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.
The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.
– Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
– Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
– Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.
– Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
– Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content.
Be Accountable and Transparent
Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.
– Explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.
– Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
– Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly.
– Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.
– Abide by the same high standards they expect of others.
The SPJ Code of Ethics is a statement of abiding principles supported by additional explanations and position papers that address changing journalistic practices. It is not a set of rules, rather a guide that encourages all who engage in journalism to take responsibility for the information they provide, regardless of medium. The code should be read as a whole; individual principles should not be taken out of context. It is not, nor can it be under the First Amendment, legally enforceable.
Sigma Delta Chi’s first Code of Ethics was borrowed from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926. In 1973, Sigma Delta Chi wrote its own code, which was revised in 1984, 1987, 1996 and 2014.