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.

Christopher Sopher
Nov 12, 2016 · 2 min read

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:

Who’d I leave out? Leave a comment; I’ll keep adding.

Let’s go report the fuck out of America.

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