Mission Statement

The Real MainStream (TRM) covers news, culture and opinion throughout Iowa and Illinois from a progressive perspective focused on truth, fairness, compassion and building better future relationships. TRM aims to inspire useful discussion and historic action for a more compassionate, collaborative Iowa and Illinois that does better for everyone, especially marginalized groups like women, people of color, LGBTQ people, seniors, people of different belief systems, and people with conditions or diseases, or who are differently abled.

TRM is founded on the principles of The Four-Way Test, a central part of the Rotary Club, International, and on the principles of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.