The Daily Herald Investigative Reporting Fund

Answers to frequently asked questions

What is the Investigative Journalism Fund?
This fund supports local journalism that is essential to a vibrant community and a healthy democracy.

In partnership with Journalism Funding Partners, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Investigative Journalism Fund provides an opportunity for the community to make tax-deductible donations that help The Daily Herald shine a light on important issues.

The Daily Herald maintains editorial control over content produced with fund resources.

Why was the Investigative Journalism Fund established?
Serving as the community watchdog is a core responsibility of the press – and it is an expensive undertaking. Investigative reporters and editors can spend months on a single story to surface the information that citizens in a democracy deserve to know.

Severe declines in advertising revenues and the changing media landscape make it challenging for The Daily Herald to afford robust journalism that covers all the critical areas of a community. The fund was established in March 2020 to support reporting that holds those in power accountable and shines a light on important issues that impact our community.

Our award-winning coverage often spurs community action and sets the agenda for public policy debate.

How does the Investigative Journalism Fund work?
The fund promotes shared investment in local journalism that benefits the community.

Individuals, nonprofits, corporations, local businesses, philanthropic foundations, and others who believe in the value of local, trusted journalism can make tax-deductible contributions to this fund.

Journalism Funding Partners is the fiscal sponsor for the fund and ensures community contributions are used to support expanded coverage of investigative and other under-reported stories.

To learn more about Journalism Funding Partners, visit jfp-local.org.

How much money is needed for investigative journalism?
Since the fund was established in March 2020, our community is already seeing the impact from their generosity through published stories.

The fund has helped The Daily Herald add an investigative reporter and editor to our staff – but we need ongoing support.

Our five-year goal is to raise $750,000 for this labor-intensive and time-consuming reporting that benefits our community.

Where can I find the investigative stories published in the newspaper?
Visit heraldnet.com/tag/investigative

How can I learn more about The Daily Herald?
Visit heraldnet.com/about

Where can I find information about Journalism Funding Partners?
Visit jfp-local.org

Where can I find more information about the fund?
Visit heraldnet.com/investigative-fund

How can I donate to the Investigative Journalism Fund?
Visit heraldnet.com/investigatedonate.

Who do I contact if I want more information about the fund?
Contact Brenda Mann Harrison, journalism development director, at brenda.harrison@heraldnet.com.