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How Mother Jones Uses Reader Support to Fund Investigative Journalism

Mother Jones is a US outlet known for “smart, fearless journalism.” Monika Bauerlein, its CEO, believes that the kind of investigative journalism they do cannot be funded by traditional commercial means. That’s why it operates as a nonprofit with a heavy focus on reader donations as a revenue stream.

Funding Your Investigations and Business Strategies: What the Experts Say

It’s not enough to simply have a great idea or great reporting. You need a team, you need travel, and you need support — and, increasingly, that means you need fundraising. In this collection of videos from our most recent conference, GIJC21, we feature sessions on fundraising investigative projects and gathering resources to fund your newsroom.

You Can Help GIJN Support Global Investigative Reporting

We’re entering the season of celebration—but also a time of great concern. Threats to democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law continue to spread, as kleptocrats and autocrats take advantage of a world made weary by pandemic. Despite all this, investigative journalists are on the job around the world, working overtime to dig out the truth and report it accurately. But we can’t do this alone. Please consider donating to GIJN so that we can support the world’s watchdog reporters with training, tools, and resources.

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How a US Newspaper Raised $1 Million to Fund Investigations

In this excerpt, the executive editor of a regional US news outlet reveals the tactics that worked — and didn’t work — in their innovative campaign to raise $1 million to fund investigations. Among the key tips that emerged: one-on-one meetings, direct reach-outs, and published “what it cost” boxes are effective, and framing the pitch around benefits for the community, rather than the outlet, causes donors to dig deeper.

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Managing in the Virus Year: Planning Considerations for Small, Independent Media

As the coronavirus outbreak dents media revenues, investigative nonprofits are grappling with tough issues around income and expenses. Following GIJN’s latest webinar on strategies for financial survival, entrepreneurship expert Ross Settles details the planning considerations that could help shape these difficult decisions in the months ahead.

News & Analysis

How Foundation Funding Is Shifting International News

Funding by private foundations is filling gaps in mainstream news coverage, especially in areas like investigative, international and local journalism. However, researchers have found that this funding is inadvertently shaping the boundaries of international nonprofit journalism.

Member Profiles

The Investigative News Website Targeting Working Class Millennials

Robyn Vinter, founder of a UK-based investigative news website for working-class millennials and people outside the “London bubble,” says she made a conscious choice not to try and make a “big profit” from it. “We’re not trying to be millionaires,” says Vinter.“We’re trying to do investigative journalism, and you can’t really do both, I don’t think.”