I’m very excited to announce that the Gales Creek Journal and Banks Post have been awarded an investigative journalism grant of $1,500 by Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, a national publishing organization with more than 200 member newsrooms in 45 states.
Called the Impact-Designed Investigative Grants, the Journal was among 18 news organizations awarded a grant, which was in turn made possible by a grant to LION from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
As part of the grant, our newsroom has also been awarded a membership to the national Investigative Reporters and Editors group.
In addition to giving our small, rural newsroom the resources to tackle a significant story that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue because of the anticipated costs, this grant is also designed to allow our newsroom to develop more online financial support from the community- a process you can help with by signing up to give on a recurring basis on our Patreon page, or a one-time or recurring donation via Paypal or credit/debit card.
In a statement released today, LION had this to say about the importance of local newsrooms and the role this grant will play in our mission to bring local, timely, and quality journalism to our region. “Newsrooms play a key role in a healthy democracy, holding public and private officials accountable and exposing instances of danger, waste, fraud and abuse. This series of grants makes possible such reporting where it most directly affects audiences — in their hometowns.”
I couldn’t agree more.
-Chas Hundley, Publisher.