InsightOut News

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InsightOut News
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ION screenshot, 3/27/12
Type of site
Available inEnglish
OwnerMargot Paez
LaunchedSeptember 21, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-09-21)
Current statusDefunct

InsightOut News was a grassroots journalism website based on the idea that news is "not entertainment nor a commodity." It grew out of covering Occupy Los Angeles and now also covers international events, particularly in the Middle East. Original content from the site is often featured by other media outlets, such as the LA Progressive and Crooks and Liars.[1]

Occupy Los Angeles[edit]

Margot Paez, the website's founder, is based in Los Angeles. Her first posts to the site were daily coverage of the Occupy L.A. protests, part of the Occupy movement that started in September 2011. This coverage included (sometimes critical) interviews with celebrity visitors like Dan Choi and Tom Morello, as well as coverage of everyday activities at the camp.[2][3]

Photos and videos from InsightOut News have been picked up by other outlets such as LA Weekly.[4]

As focus drifted away from the Occupy encampments, InsightOut modified and expanded its operations, taking on a larger scope of issues.[5]


InsightOut News has been noted specifically for posting content with sparse editing (for example footage interviews with Bill Maher and Jesse Jackson).[6] This approach is consistent with the site's philosophy of disseminating information with as much neutrality as possible.

The site also features videos of Margot Paez reporting from inside demonstrations and other chaotic situations.[7] Paez was almost arrested during the eviction of the Occupy encampment.[8]

InsightOut News was featured as an example of DIY or citizen journalism at a conference held by the LA Media Reform Group.[9]


  1. ^ "Protesters and Family Attempt to Reoccupy Home of Recently Deported Mother; Police Respond in Riot Gear". Crooks & Liars. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ Firecloud, Johnny (18 October 2011). "Insight Out News Covers Occupy LA". Media Roots. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  3. ^ Dupuy, Tina (21 November 2011). "The Occupy Movement's Woman Problem". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  4. ^ Wilson, Simone (8 March 2012). "VIDEO: Occupy L.A. Breaks Back Into Foreclosed Home of Blanca Cardenas, Deported L.A. Immigrant". LA Weekly. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ Paez, Margot (25 October 2011). "Which Way Occupy LA?". LA Progressive. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  6. ^ Hogan, Richard (10 November 2011). "Grassroots TV Reporter Keeping Tabs on Occupy Los Angeles". Media Bistro. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  7. ^ Messina (18 November 2011). "Occupy LA - Direct Action at CSU Chancellor's Office". Media Roots. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  8. ^ Kumar, Ro (30 November 2011). "Last night the Occupy LA encampment was cleared, 300 arrests made – Watch footage from the scene". Localblu. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  9. ^ "LA Media Reform Group". Occidental College. Retrieved 27 March 2012.

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