Content is cheap. Journalism costs money.
And with your support, NCPR has created a lot of the latter, sending reporters to put boots on the ground where needed, to dig into the background of stories, to find the facts behind the press releases and spin.
Journalism is not done with bots and memes and clickbait headlines. It’s done with talented and persistent people who fight for the facts with all the resources available. We have been so privileged to have you behind us in this effort.
But sometime in the last few years, huge swaths of the media world have turned away from responsible fact-based reporting and toward agenda-based coverage that seems to have found a wide audience willing to do without facts altogether, or willing to accept whatever “alternative facts” support their point of view.
At NCPR, we feel that countering this dangerous trend calls for extraordinary effort on our part, and needs extraordinary resources to double-down on NCPR’s commitment to finding, analyzing and reporting the facts that lie behind the day-to-day events important to our audience.
That’s why we are coming to you now to ask you to support our Daylight Reporting Fund with a gift, creating a dedicated source of money for our news team to use to pay for the extraordinary expenses of doing investigative work: research tools, Freedom of Information requests, legislative tracking tools, data visualization, reporter training, deep background work, necessary travel and more.
NCPR has already done award-winning investigative work using the resources at hand, but we feel strongly at this time that we need to do more, to go deeper than ever, to bring into the daylight the hidden stories that shape North Country life.
We plan to raise $50,000 this week to launch the dedicated fund. We hope you share our sense of urgency and will give as generously as you can to. . .