Climate change. Renewable energy. Puget Sound restoration. Toxic chemicals in fish. Oil spills. Wildfires.
Over the last two years InvestigateWest has shined a light on what’s happening with those topics and others in the Washington Legislature. To pay for continued coverage of environmental topics like these in 2017, we need the public’s financial support. And through Jan. 19, your donation can be doubled or possibly even tripled through challenge grants from philanthropic foundations. (More below.)
Why give your hard-earned dollars to this effort? Because for two years InvestigateWest reporters have spotlighted important and otherwise-uncovered stories on environmental politics in Olympia. As the advertising-based business model that long supported vigorous for-profit journalism continues to wither, InvestigateWest’s emerging crowdfunded coverage model can help deliver citizens the information they need.
- Last year we revealed how the builders’ lobby was quietly trying to throttle a little-known state agency that had done heavy lifting to fight climate change.
- We showed how a high-profile legislative bargain to regulate trains carrying volatile crude oil failed to adequately protect Puget Sound.
- Before the cataclysmic 2015 wildfire season, we spotlighted how the Legislature was failing to fund what looked like a pretty clear need. And the next year the Legislature had to dig below the couch cushions to repay the debt.
With the 2017 session starting tomorrow, we’ve secured philanthropic funding to cover the first half of the 16-week proceedings. Now we need help from the public. We need to make sure we can follow issues like these, because no one else will.
To contribute please go to https://www.crowdrise.com/investigatewest or www.invw.org/donate. Each has a comment system that will allow you to let us know what topics you are most interested in seeing us cover. (The idea is that while no single donor can call the shots, which could compromise the neutral, fact-based and independent journalism for which InvestigateWest is known, a crowdfunded campaign can help to direct our editorial decisions as we make the inevitable calls on how we direct our limited bandwidth for maximum impact. What’s most important to you?)
If you donate by Jan. 19, your donation will be automatically doubled by the Knight Foundation. If you have never donated before (or have not in several years), the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation will see that your gift is tripled.
Let’s make sure legislators know that their actions on the environment are being scrutinized. Thanks for making sure reporters will be asking important questions about crucial issues.