Jim Hummel left the traditional news because he saw where the industry was going. After 13 years at the Providence Journal, then 13 years at ABC Channel 6 News, Jim founded the Hummel Report in 2009 and then Rhode Island Spotlight in 2011. Now he is on the cutting edge of the New Media news outlets.
With an exclusive partnership with WPRO 630 AM and 99.7 FM, Rhode Island PBS Television, and the Providence Journal newspaper, Jim can now provide on multiple media outlets the insightful journalism he has developed over 35 years in the Rhode Island market.
The Rhode Island Spotlight is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The mission of the Rhode Island Spotlight is to highlight and celebrate community heroes, both individuals and organizations, that are making a significant, positive difference for fellow Rhode Islanders.
By putting these organizations in the Spotlight, we provide them an opportunity to increase volunteers, donations and clients served. CLICK HERE to see our results.
Rhode Island Spotlight is funded by individual and corporate donors and foundation grants. The Rhode Island Spotlight is a non-profit with an IRS 501(c)3 designation. Your financial support is tax deductible. You may donate to the Rhode Island Spotlight HERE.
Donor Transparency Policy
We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors.
We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year - listed on our Platinum Sponsor List on this webpage. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.
For a copy of our most recent IRS 990 form, click here.
Editorial Independence Policy
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.
Board of Directors
Rhode Island Spotlight board members include Joaquin (Jack) DeAmorim, radio and cable show host and creator of www.PortugueseAmericansinRhodeIsland.com; the Honorable Nicholas Gorham, former representative in the Rhode Island General Assembly and partner at Gorham & Gorham, Inc.; Jim Hummel, Executive Director of the Hummel Report; Robert Migliaccio, co-managing partner in the Providence law firm of Cameron & Mittleman; Greg Porcaro, partner at Otrando Porcaro & Associates, Ltd; Carol Young, former Deputy Executive Editor of the Providence Journal; and the Honorable Arlene Violet, former Rhode Island Attorney General is Chair of the Board.