For-profit corporate media have slashed coverage of environmental issues.
Instead of quitting I launched Community Supported Environmental Journalism in 2009. In exchange for producing articles about important issues that millions will read*, I am asking people to provide some support. Just $10 a month helps guarantee Environmental Journalism that serves the public interest continues. — Stephen
“Stephen Leahy, a Canadian, and one of the world’s best-known investigative reporters on environmental issues, has launched a challenge: if corporations won’t pay for the news, then it is up to communities and the public to fill the gap. A free society needs journalism, even if reporting the news is not commercially profitable” . — Daniel Wermus, Swiss journalist and founder of Media21 Global Journalism Network
From the Canadian Journalism Project:
Freelance environmental journalism: Going it alone and making it work
With little demand for environmental stories in Canadian mainstream publications, freelance journalist Stephen Leahy faced two options: Give up the beat, or find a new way to make ends meet. Paul Weinberg explains why the 20-year veteran chose the latter and how he is faring.
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“People say to me all the time ‘my God, this is amazing stuff, how come I never knew about these things?’ So people want it and I want to keep doing it. How do we make this happen? The only solution I could come up with was, well, they have to pay me directly. Publishers aren’t going to pay, and many of the places I write for can’t pay. Who benefits from this stuff, who wants to see it? The readers. And so why not ask them?” — Freelancer Stephen Leahy on crowdfunding his environmental journalism
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