There’s an old saying that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on”—that was a saying true to the last century. Nowadays a lie has circled the globe dozens of times and been clicked, shared, liked, and re-shared again millions of times while the truth is still lacing up.
While technology has changed, the standards of true professional journalists have not. There are still plenty of journalists who abide by a code of ethics, who seek truth and report it fairly and in a balanced manner, who put on their butt-kicking shoes every morning to stamp out misinformation and ignorance.
The Utah Investigative Journalism Project supports this most vital mission. We are the only nonprofit in Utah dedicated to developing investigative watchdog reporting and to teaching these techniques for free to local journalists.
But we need your help.
Your tax-deductible donation will help us strengthen a variety of local media organizations. You will help produce hard-hitting watchdog journalism in our state that holds the powerful accountable and gives voice to the voiceless.
Our recent stories have:
• Shed light on a school principal who inflated grade records at his innovative school and made thousands of dollars marketing himself as a consultant to other schools across the country, while also spending thousands of public dollars on candy and video games for his students.
We’ve also taught investigative techniques to large and small newsrooms across the state from major TV stations to college newspapers. We mentor journalists on how to fight for public records through denials and the state appeals process.
Times have changed for the media, but with crisis comes opportunity. For generations media has survived and even thrived on advertising dollars. Those days are over.
Now it is time for average citizens to stake a claim in their democratic institutions by taking ownership in the local media. Help us make history and you can also help protect our future. This is the story of all of us, and we can’t do it without you.
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