When MinnPost launched less than six years ago, our primary mission was to fill gaps in serious news and analysis caused by declining resources in mainstream media.
That mission has touched a responsive chord, generating traffic of more than a million page views per month, 65,000 regular readers and financial support from more than 4,000.
Today, we ask for your help in filling the gap in thoughtful coverage of mental health and addiction issues. These issues affect a huge number of Minnesota families. They are too often ignored by the media until tragedy strikes. They need the light of open discussion and rational community dialogue.
To help shine this light, MinnPost plans to launch a new mental health and addiction beat this fall written by Sarah T. Williams. A longtime reporter and editor at the Star Tribune, Williams later worked in communications for Planned Parenthood and Hazelden.
To cover writing, editing and other costs of a half-time beat, MinnPost needs to raise $50,000 a year. We already have pledges from generous donors totaling $30,000 a year for three years. But that leaves us with a $20,000 gap to fill to start the beat…and we have a $10,000 MinnPost Board match to help.
Please help us raise $10,000 in the next ten days. Donations of $10 or more are welcome. So are donations of $1,000. If we raise more than $10,000, any additional funds will support the second year of the beat.
Just $10,000 in ten days. With your help we can do it.
Finally! THANK YOU so very much!! Thanks to Don Shelby, as well, for being on the front line for marketing this very important campaign. I’ve always admired his openness about his own struggle with Addiction. Along with so many others, author, David Sheff will be so very glad to learn about MinnPost’s campaign.
Glenda Noble, Waconia, in honor of grandson, Jacob, and all those family members who have come before him