Want to take action after the election? Support investigative journalism.
Investigative journalism has never been more vital, and it’s never needed more support. Here’s how you can help.
Americans inside media and out are frustrated by what seems a failed approach to political journalism. That’s a good thing. We should talk about it as citizens and as an industry, and push our reporting institutions to serve us better.
But there’s another side of the business that remains essential to our democracy. Investigative journalism has never been more vital, and it’s never needed more support.
As newsroom resources are constrained and digital trends push publishers to iterate and adapt, it gets harder for media businesses to invest in the expensive, methodical work of diving into difficult stories, tracking elusive powerbrokers, and uncovering questionable things those in power would rather keep hidden. The structure of new digital media businesses (including the one I run), alongside the long decline of local newspapers, has made aggressive investigative reporting less and less common. With a new kind of politician in the White House and one party in control of the federal government, we’ve never needed it more.
The good news: dozens of organizations are producing investigative journalism, and you can help them do it with a donation or membership, even if you only have $25.
A definitely not comprehensive list of great organizations doing investigative journalism:
- NPR — local and national. Donate to your local member station.
- ProPublica—leading some of the best investigative projects in the country, and designing incredible data and tech tools to do it.
- Center for Public Integrity—Pulitzer-Prize winning reporting on everything from politics to juvenile justice.
- International Consortium for Investigative Journalists—the folks who brought you the Panama Papers investigation, coordinated by hundreds of journalists across a dozen countries.
- The Center for Investigative Reporting—they’ve got Emmys, Peabodys, and other awards, plus an excellent podcast, Reveal.
- The Texas Tribune—pioneering a new approach to state politics and policy reporting, which is desperately needed.
- Institute for Nonprofit News—a network of small and local nonprofit news publishers, who are usually paying attention to things the big players don’t or won’t.
- Or, buy a subscription to your local newspaper. It’s likely they’re still producing 90% of the original journalism where you live, and they need a little love.
- Mother Jones- hat tip Michael Cosentino
- MinnPost- hat tip @matthewtift
Who’d I leave out? Leave a comment; I’ll keep adding.
Let’s go report the fuck out of America.