Here’s A Fake News Rx

From now through the end of December, you can join a nationwide campaign to combat fake news by supporting real news where it counts most — at home. And have your contribution matched dollar for dollar.

You can do that by making a contribution to the Independent through “News Match.”

News Match is an annual drive in which individual contributions to nonprofit online public-interest news sites — including this one — are matched up to $1,000.

One-hundred fifty-one online publications are participating in the News Match as a “call to action” this year, reflecting a nationwide explosion of local nonprofit news experiments.

Rather than mourn the passing of outdated news business models or fret about invented news stories delivered by foreign trolls, we’re concentrating on covering stories every day in our community and bringing everyone into the conversation.

Thanks to your support, we are in our 14th year reporting on New Haven here at the Independent. We depend on charitable/philanthropic donations to pay the bills, and help keep real news reporting and analysis and moderated civic conversation thriving.

So ... please consider donating money!!

Your tax-deductible donation helps us keep the lights on and reporters out in the community. It also helps keep WNHH radio on the air.

• You can make a one-time online donation at the following link:

And click here to learn more about News Match and pick other worthy nonprofit news efforts to support.

Thank you!

Following is a national press release from the national organizers of News Match:

NewsMatch opens with more than $3 million in matching support for nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

Washington, D.C. — NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations, launches today in newsrooms across the country and online at The campaign doubles donations to 155 nonprofit newsrooms in nearly every state across the country, starting today and running through Dec. 31, 2018.

Individuals can learn more, donate and join the movement to support trusted, nonprofit news organizations starting today at:
This is the third year of NewsMatch, and the number of nonprofit news organizations participating in the campaign jumped by more than 40 percent since last year. Each organization is eligible to receive a total of $25,000 in matching funds for small-dollar donations from individuals up to $1,000. NewsMatch is designed to help fuel a surge in giving to local and investigative reporting and strengthen nonprofit newsrooms through training and shared resources.

“Now more than ever, nonprofit newsrooms across the country are filling information gaps in communities,” said Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News. “This year’s NewsMatch campaign will enable organizations to raise critical support, which will ensure they have the resources necessary to continue to provide fact-based, local quality journalism for years to come.”

NewsMatch is driven by the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub, two organizations helping build more sustainable models for journalism in America. The campaign is supported by a diverse group of foundations including Democracy Fund, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation (through the Colorado Media Project), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation. The Miami Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for the fund.

NewsMatch added several major donors in 2018, including a $1 million contribution from the Facebook Journalism Project and $250,000 from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports investigative journalism around the country.

Other foundations and corporate partners can still join the NewsMatch fund and help make 2018 the largest year for nonprofit news giving ever. Donors and funders who are interested in supporting individual newsrooms or groups of newsrooms in a region or around a topic during NewsMatch are invited to contact The Miami Foundation’s Lindsey Linzer ( to find out more.

Knight Foundation launched the inaugural NewsMatch in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $2.4 million. In 2017, the campaign expanded to include a coalition of funders and helped support important coverage of a wide range of topics including education, immigration, conservation, local government and criminal justice. It raised $4.8 million for nonprofit news organizations, equipped them with professional fundraising, tools and technology and cultivated over 43,000 new donors.

Donors, can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues they care about at Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Participating nonprofit news organizations are all members of the Institute for Nonprofit News and abide by guidelines of editorial independence and financial transparency.

They include:

In the Northeast:
Adirondack Explorer; Baltimore Brew; CivicStory; Connecticut Health Investigative Team; City Limits; Delaware Currents; ecoRI News; Hidden City Philadelphia; Highlands Current; Hummel Report; Investigative Post; Lower Cape TV/Lower Cape News; Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; Maryland Matters;;; New England Center for Investigative Reporting; New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism; New Haven Independent; NJ Spotlight; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; PublicSource; The CT Mirror; The GroundTruth Project;; and WHYY.

In the Midwest:
Belt Media Collaborative; Better Government Association; Block Club Chicago; Bridge Magazine; City Bureau; Flint Beat; East Lansing Info (ELi); Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch); KCUR-FM; Madison365; Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service; MinnPost; Eye on Ohio (Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism); South Dakota News Watch; St. Louis Public Radio; The Chicago Reporter; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Wausau Pilot and Review; WDET Detroit Public Radio; WFYI Public Media; and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

In the South:
Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism (BirminghamWatch); Arkansas Nonprofit News Network; Austin Monitor; Breckenridge Texan; Carolina Public Press; Center for Sustainable Journalism; Centro de Periodismo Investigativo; Charlottesville Tomorrow; Daily Yonder; Florida Bulldog; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Georgia Health News; Insider Louisville; Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting;;; Mississippi Today; North Carolina Health News; Northern Kentucky Tribune; Oklahoma Watch; Scalawag Magazine; Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation; Texas Observer; The Austin Bulldog; The Frontier; The Lens; and The Texas Tribune.

In the West:
Alhambra Source; Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting; Aspen Journalism; Bay Nature Institute;; Borderzine; California Health Report; CALmatters; Crosscut; EdSource; High Country News; Honolulu Civil Beat; inewsource; InvestigateWest; KPBS; Mission Local; Montana Free Press; Mountain Independent; New Mexico In Depth; NowCastSA; Rivard Report; Rocky Mountain Public Media; Searchlight New Mexico; San Francisco Public Press; The Colorado Independent; The Nevada Independent; The Seattle Globalist;; Voice of OC; Voice of San Diego; Voices of Monterey Bay; WitnessLA; and WyoFile.

National/Global Publications:
100Reporters; Anthropocene Magazine; Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets; Chalkbeat; Civil Eats; Current; Energy News Network; Ensia; FairWarning; Food and Environment Reporting Network; Fostering Media Connections; Futuro Media Group; Grist; Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance; In These Times; Injustice Watch; InsideClimate News; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Investigative Reporting Workshop; Mother Jones; MuckRock; Next City; Orb Media; PassBlue; PBS NewsHour; PolitiFact; ProPublica; Public Radio International; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Religion News Foundation; Retro Report; Science News; Solitary Watch; The Center for Investigative Reporting; Tarbell; The Center for Public Integrity; The Conversation US; The Forward; The Hechinger Report; The Intercept; The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; The Marshall Project; The New Food Economy; The Trace; The War Horse; Threshold; Washington Monthly; and Youth Radio.

About Democracy Fund:
Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $100 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit

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posted by: AverageTaxpayer on November 1, 2018  12:05pm

Tax Deductible and Doubled?

Everyone should join in coughing up a few bucks in support of independent journalism!

posted by: Esbey on November 1, 2018  9:00pm

Honestly, you should do more fundraising on the site here, you provide a great service and your pitches for $$ can’t possibly as irritating as the endless ones we listen to on NPR.

[Paul: Thank you! We do try to avoid overkill/hyper-nudging ... But it’s always fun to have an excuse to bring the video camera to the compost heap.]