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Lookout Leaders

Lookout members believe in the power of trusted, high-quality local news and community betterment.

A membership not only empowers our journalists to bring you credible, impactful reporting, but it also supports a variety of community causes, with 10 percent of membership fees going directly to one of our non-profit Civic Partners. Lookout members also receive several exclusive benefits: all access to articles, early access to private, curated “Santa Cruz Insiders” experiences (coming soon), talking with the newsroom, Lookout swag and more.

To become a Lookout member, click here.

For complete information on Lookout memberships, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Founders Circle

Founders Circle members uniquely understand Lookout’s growing value as an investigative and accountability leader, and want to help grow our reporting impact as quickly as possible by contributing at a higher level.

At a level of $1,000 a year or more, Founders Circle members can see the impact of our accountability reporting, as evidenced by our Access Democracy initiative and more, close-up. In addition, these memberships are largely tax-deductible, extending the portion of the gift that constitutes a membership ($187 per year). If you’re passionate about helping Lookout make Santa Cruz County a better place, please consider joining our Founders Circle. Contact CEO Ken Doctor directly at to learn more.

Enterprise & Group Memberships

Keep your employees up to date on the latest news and trends impacting Santa Cruz County business with a unique Lookout Enterprise Membership plan. Not only will you provide your employees with information they need to do their jobs better, you’ll also be investing in their professional development and quality of life.

Discounted group memberships begin with groups of three or more, and can be tailored per company or organization.

Please contact Director of Memberships, Jamie Keil directly at to request additional information.

Student Access: High Schools, Colleges & Universities

Students, now more than ever, need access to trustworthy, factual, non-partisan news.

With Lookout’s Student Access Program, they get it. Our Student Access Program, first launched for all of Cabrillo College & UCSC students, has been funded by generous benefactors who underwrite the program.

Lookout now seeks to expand this program to all Santa Cruz county high school students, and other deserving groups.

Please contact CEO Ken Doctor directly at to learn more about this program and opportunities to participate.