As local newsrooms cut resources for investigative reporting, Motor City Muckraker is increasing its watchdog team to shine a brighter light on corruption, education, poverty, civil rights, criminal justice, health care, immigration and the environment.
But we need your help.
Motor City Muckraker is taking the leap to a nonprofit, non-partisan investigative news site with more reporters devoted to exposing abuses of power, revealing injustices and giving a voice to the people.
The transformation makes us eligible for more funding from grants and foundations, which will enable us to increase the number of journalists pursuing stories that are vital and meaningful to you – the reader.
To make the transformation, we are asking readers for a modest donation. Every dollar will be used on the process of becoming a nonprofit and on expanding our watchdog team so that we are more competitive for grants and foundations. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we will be able to accept tax-deductible donations.
Motor City Muckraker was founded six years ago by former Detroit Free Press reporter Steve Neavling, an award-winning investigative journalist who worked up to 80 hours a week to provide meaningful, insightful news to engage readers in the democratic process. Since then, Motor City Muckraker has added contributing reporters and exposed numerous political scandals, dangerous school conditions, neglected neighborhoods, chronically broken fire hydrants, civil rights abuses and the far-reaching impact of chronic poverty.
As an ad-free organization, we can’t do our job without you.
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Our watch dog team will focus on government, politics, poverty, education, the environment, civil rights, criminal justice, health care, economic development and immigration. We also are launching a mentorship program to train young journalists to become investigative reporters. And we will be hosting forums on issues that are important to you.
With minimal revenue, our reporting has led to sweeping reforms, federal investigations and a more engaged democracy.
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Here’s a sampling of what we’ve done so far:
- “Rolling the dice:” Detroit routinely sends dangerously defective rigs to fires
- Exclusive: Detroit neglects hundreds of hydrants in downtown and neighborhoods
- Audio: Mayor Fouts compares black people to “chimps,” ridicules women
- 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 sponsorships. For more information, email us at [email protected].
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.