Civic engagement is declining. Statehouse reporting has experienced dramatic cuts. Special interest groups are lobbying at the state level where currently bills are passed with far less accountability. These are problems for voters in Washington. In a healthy democracy, journalism works to fight for transparency and accountability and this is where Statehouse News Project comes in.
The Statehouse News Project allows voters to fund and direct capitol reporting to help level the playing field between special interests and the public interests. The project, led by Robert McClure, Jason Alcorn, and Kim Drury, invites citizens to pledge their support to capitol reporting issues that they care about. Donors get story alerts and in-depth unbiased reporting by experienced journalists. Statehouse News Project gives communities the information they need to advocate for change and this is how journalism makes an impact.
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