Big news friends! I'm changing jobs, having a baby, retiring, and just won a nobel prize!
(None of that is true, but it probably got Google Plus' attention. ;) )
So, here's the important news that is
true: The Tyee, one of Canada's few remaining independent newsrooms, is building a "war chest" to increase their coverage of the upcoming Canadian federal election. These funds will help The Tyee fight rumours, myths, and misinformation about the issues at hand, and shine light on Canada's political realities. I hope that you'll consider personally funding some of this much-needed reporting: https://support.thetyee.ca/?campaign=psfb
If you need more convincing, read on...
As some of you already know, The Tyee is one of the two organizations in Canada that I've decided to put my monthly financial support behind -- and that's not just because they're one of my longest-standing clients. I've been working on projects with the fine people at The Tyee for almost 8 years now. There's a good reason that we keep collaborating again and again: if I were to distill it down, it's because the passion, excitement, and political savviness that emanates from the The Tyee's ultra-lean newsroom is utterly contagious.
These last few months, I've worked from The Tyee's downtown Vancouver newsroom a few days each week. I eavesdrop on folks like Katie Hyslop, David Ball, and Geoff Dembicki as they pitch story-after-story, each one better than the last. I get e-mails from The Tyee's national reporter, Jeremy Nuttall, as he work his magic to crank out great weekend reads like this: http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/03/21/Harry-Smith-Is-Coming-For-Stephen-Harper/
or insider perspectives like this: http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/01/31/Inside_Orwellian_Launch_Tories_Anti_Terrorism_Act/
What can I say: I'm impressed and inspired by these folks everyday.
This is a big year for The Tyee: now armed with more editorial resources (new EiC Jane Armstrong, and ME Robyn Smith), and a mandate from thousands of readers across the country, they are digging into the issues that matter in The Tyee's signature style: plucky, independent, investigative, opinionated. Each dollar raised during this campaign goes directly to reporting on critical questions about Canada's future.
At today's editorial meeting, the entire staff crowded into a tiny boardroom and brainstormed a vision for some innovative election reporting in the coming months. I hope you'll join me in helping to make it happen.
End of pitch. Check out the video below. Help get the word out. Consider a one-time contribution if you can. Thanks for listening. :)https://support.thetyee.ca/?campaign=psfb