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Robert A. Sollen Fellowship

Organization Mission

The Santa Barbara Independent is a weekly newspaper distributing 40,000 across south Santa Barbara county with a mission to provide information to individuals to foster a sense of community and belonging. It is our visionĀ  to remain the go-to source for news, culture, arts and entertainment information for the community and provide a platform that connects businesses and organizations to our readers


Social Change Project:

Named after trailblazing environmental reporter Robert Sollen, this fellowship is designed to provide promising young reporters the training necessary to increase their writing and research skills while focusing their energies on environmental questions for which no easy answers currently exist. Fellows are paid a stipend and work under the direction of Independent editor Nick Welsh in an effort to bolster the quantity and quality of environmental reporting the Independent can offer the Santa Barbara Community.

We Did It!

We did it, together, and raised $282,144 for 53 local nonprofits.