Firedoglake had a banner year in 2010: our award-winning coverage successfully lobbied for the first ever audit of the Federal Reserve, and helped push through much-needed student loan reform. Our reporters provided go-to coverage from the gulf on the BP oil disaster, sat in the courtroom and delivered moment-by-moment analysis of California’s Prop 8 trial and detailed the looming foreclosure fraud crisis before other media outlets even touched it.
None of it would have happened without your support. You’ve helped to make FDL the go-to place for fiercely independent reporting, progressive analysis and advocacy. Your support has sustained the work of writers like Marcy Wheeler, David Dayen, Jon Walker, and other fresh, talented young voices who are changing the way journalism operates in the 21st century.
As 2011 approaches, we’re delighted to announce a new chapter for FDL: the launch of the FDL Writers Foundation, a brand new 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to supporting the groundbreaking work of talented and innovative authors whose clarity of thought and inspiration we desperately need right now.
If you contribute $100 or more, we’ll say “thank you” with a gift: your choice of a book by FDL Book Salon authors Matt Taibbi, Arianna Huffington, Ryan Grim, Bill McKibben, or Yves Smith. Know that your donation will go toward developing and promoting the work of other talented authors just like them. You can choose from any of these books:
For over four years now, the FDL Book Salon has been a weekly hallmark of FDL, offering online chats that expose the works of authors like Naomi Klein, Matt Taibbi, John Dean, Paul Krugman, Arianna Huffington, Simon Johnson and others to a broad audience.
This year we spun off the Book Salon as the the FDL Writers Foundation. This non-profit organization is designed to help FDL’s popular Book Salon support the work of important authors by connecting them with readers who will carry their ideas into communities across the country, encouraging book sales and helping to give them equal footing with authors whose works enjoy massive corporate PR budgets.
Additionally, the Writers Foundation is encouraging the development of new talent by offering fellowships to promising new writers whose work is devoted to in-depth coverage in areas like food and drug policy, election reform, financial regulation, health care and job creation. The ones who are always there covering critical but not necessarily headline-grabbing issues that affect all our lives, day in and day out.
As 2010 ends, this is the perfect time to help the young thinkers and journalists whose energy and imagination will help us overcome the challenges that face us and lead us to a better future with a tax-deductible contribution.
Don’t forget – if you contribute $100 or more, you can choose from books by friends of the FDL Writers Foundation, Matt Taibbi, Arianna Huffington, Ryan Grim, Bill McKibben or Yves Smith as our gift to you.
This is truly an exciting new chapter for FDL, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this endeavor. Thank you for all of your support.