Dear FCIR Supporter,
It’s been a successful 2011 for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. We celebrated our first anniversary, secured foundation funding for a second year, produced ambitious journalism in partnership with news media throughout the state, expanded our network of media partners, and won a host of awards. The Columbia Journalism Review took note of our work and described FCIR as “a pioneer bilingual investigative nonprofit.”
Next year, we want to accomplish even more. And we need your help. In addition to funding from foundations committed to investigative reporting in the public interest, FCIR relies on the generosity of supporters like you.
Your tax-deductible donation will help FCIR tell the stories about Florida that aren’t being told. FCIR goes after the investigative stories that traditional media aren’t pursuing because shrinking budgets and staffs have curtailed their coverage.
Here’s a sampling of the stories FCIR journalists have done since January:
- Documented how the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program Secure Communities has targeted non-criminal immigrants, done in partnership with WUSF News, the NPR affiliate in Tampa.
- Followed the largely social media-based efforts to recall Gov. Rick Scott, whose approval rating is at 36 percent.
- Uncovered how Florida’s State Attorney’s Offices are not pursuing fugitives who flee the country, done in partnership with the Miami Herald and WLRN, the NPR affiliate in Miami.
- Worked with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity to investigate workplace safety and air pollution in Florida, done in partnership with WUSF News and The Ledger in Lakeland.
- Examined how Florida’s public school districts used federal stimulus money to delay changing their big-spending ways, done in partnership with WUSF News and The Ledger in Lakeland.
- Reported from Haiti and Florida to show how the Obama administration has not followed its own policies in deporting Haitians, done in partnership with the Miami Herald, California-based New America Media and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as with other nonprofit investigative news organizations including California Watch and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and independent news sites in Latin America including Plaza Pública in Guatemala and Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico.
In 2012, we expect to expand our coverage and our growing network of media partners, which includes Florida’s NPR affiliates and ethnic and Spanish-language media throughout the state. This would build on the already growing audience that reads FCIR’s journalism on our website and through media partners from community to large daily newspapers and public radio stations.
That’s why we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to FCIR. Your support will make a difference and help make more investigative journalism possible in Florida in 2012.
We hope that in this season of giving, you will continue to support FCIR’s commitment to in-depth, nonpartisan investigative reporting about Florida and the Americas.
And, please, let us know how we’re doing.
Thanks and best wishes for the new year.