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BC's Big Election Is Coming, Help Tyee Cover It Best

What's your key issue? Tell us. Donate. And we'll send a skilled reporter to get the stories.

David Beers 4 Jul 2011TheTyee.ca

David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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David Beers, editor of The Tyee.

The buzz is that Premier Christy Clark is likely to call an election late this summer or in the early fall.

This is your invitation to help The Tyee do a great job reporting on the election issues that you tell us matter most to you.

Help build a Tyee Election Reporting Fund now, so that we're ahead of the curve whenever the high stakes contest happens.

HOW? CLICK HERE.

We're making the same offer to you we did back in 2009, when you helped The Tyee lead other media in provincial election issues reporting. It works like this:

When you donate, we give you an easy way to earmark your money for one or more of your top issues right here.

And we pledge that every dollar you give will go towards reporting on the specific issue you want us to cover.

We made some history when we did this last time. International news programs called to pepper us with questions about why we'd let our readers help guide our news coverage. Our answer: We like our readers. We trust your judgment. We're in this together. This is our way of being of service to you who have built the Tyee with your ongoing engagement.

Issues, not sound bites

Too often corporate media reports elections as personality contests, a war of sound bites.

Of course, we have a fraction the budget of those big news organizations. But their news rooms have shrunk. With your help we're confident our award-winning team can out-report them on many key issues they are likely to gloss over.

Funny thing, too. Often the stories we break are taken up by the wider media, bringing even larger audiences to the reporting you make possible on The Tyee.

Two hundred dollars can fund a seasoned reporter to dig deep for more than a day. Or buy a seat on the campaign bus, allowing us to put your issues directly to the candidates who want to be B.C.'s next premier.

Who will do the digging before the election to make sure the issues are factually documented when it comes time to grill politicians on where they stand? We will.

Who will scour the province for positive solutions bubbling up from communities, ready for politicians to embrace? We will.

But only if you give us the resources to significantly increase our normal monthly budget for reporting.

Last time we set as an election reporting fundraising goal $5,000 -- and you zoomed past that in the first few days. So this time we've doubled that goal to $10,000 for the Tyee Election Reporting Fund.

This time we're eager to outdo ourselves with even better, deeper, more innovative coverage of election issues. And we're not content with waiting until Christy Clark says an election is officially on. The best journalism grows from steady effort instead of election time's mad scramble.

Empower us to get to work right now, and see the dividends pay off in great reporting when the campaign is finally, officially underway.

And if the election doesn't happen in the early fall, we'll keep the fund you've built safely intact, ready for when it does.

Tell us the issues that matter to you.

Give us the resources to dig.

Want great reporting to help voters make their momentous decision here in British Columbia? Please donate what you can to the The Tyee Election Reporting Fund today. Start by clicking here.

If you'd rather reach us the through the mail, you can send your donations to:
The Tyee
PO Box 88484
Vancouver, BC V6A 4A7

Thank you!

PS: If you'd like to see what we did with your generous contributions last election, here's a full accounting of more than 250 original pieces of hard nosed reporting and analysis, including many important news breakers.  [Tyee]

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