Since we launched Motor City Muckraker in May 2012, we have exposed numerous political scandals, dangerous school conditions, neglected neighborhoods, chronically broken fire hydrants, civil rights abuses and the far-reaching impact of chronic poverty.
Editor and Publisher Steve Neavling, a former Detroit Free Press reporter, worked up to 80 hours a week –
Now we’re asking for your help to raise at least $25,000 over the next year so Motor City Muckraker can continue to operate and become stronger. We plan to hire freelance reporters and videographers, launch a podcast and provide more in-depth news and investigations.
The time for independent journalism has never been more important. As newspapers and television media continue to shed reporters, many of Detroit’s most pressing issues aren’t getting enough attention – unsafe and underfunded schools, lack of jobs, toxic environments, the nation’s highest infant mortality rate, massive water shutoffs, chronic poverty and a widening racial divide.
With no revenue, here’s a sampling of what Motor City Muckraker’s stories have led to:
- Forced resignations of city and state officials
- Sweeping changes at the beleaguered Fire Department
- The removal of a road-blocking wall between Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park
- Suspensions for police who repeatedly mocked a mentally ill black man
- The cleanup of hazardous sites
- The closure of a drug house near a playground
- Citations for unscrupulous real estate developers
- New employees to fix broken fire hydrants
In addition to the fundraiser, we are seeking more revenue through journalism grants and sponsorships.