A special report, funded by you.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it accelerated trends already at work in local news.
Communities need local journalism more than ever, but fewer journalists are employed or at work. Newspapers, weeklies and digital startups like Raleigh Convergence have seen advertising dollars dry up or move to tech giants' cheaper offerings, a traditional source of revenue for media companies.
To balance this, some organizations are seeking more paid subscribers.
But as a modern local media company focused on remaining free for our newsletters, website and social publishing, I asked you, Raleigh Convergence readers + community, to contribute to fund journalism around COVID-19.
You came through, to the amount of $655, and I'm so grateful for that.
Those funds, used exclusively for COVID-19 local journalism, supported a story published just yesterday:
➡️ A ZIP code in Southeast Raleigh has more than double the confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other area of Wake County. This report looks at why. [read the report]
There will be more to come.
I'm also reaching out today to ask you for your continued support. An extended matching campaign, thanks to a private donor, the Phillips-Green family, will match up to $500. [learn more]
In keeping our content and newsletters paywall-free, it ensures that community knowledge isn't only for those who can afford to pay. It speaks to our values of equity and strengthening community.
But it's not free to produce. Your voluntary contribution will support our general operations, which includes website costs, newsletter service fees, insurance costs -- the money it takes to keep it going.
While Raleigh Convergence is working to grow multiple revenue streams, your support is an important piece of our sustainability plan. I believe that this community will support the type of civic + cultural coverage of Wake County that you believe Raleigh deserves.
And when you voluntarily support Raleigh Convergence's work, you're supporting a locally-owned small business, a community news source, and a modern local media company that prioritizes understanding issues and creative storytelling.
Help us be here for the long haul, to keep going and keep growing. Consider supporting our future.