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The Tyee Fellowships, thanks to you, give independent journalists what they need to do their best work.

David Beers 20 May 2010TheTyee.ca

David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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Tyee editor David Beers.

Dear Friends,

Here's a way that you and we at The Tyee can work together to empower B.C.'s top independent journalists to do their best work.

And have their scoops reach everyone who reads The Tyee -- and far beyond.

You can make it happen by giving to The Tyee Reporting Fellowship Funds.

Your contribution will make sure independent journalists can tackle big, important stories the rest of the media is ignoring.

You can receive a tax deduction for your charitable online donation.

You can win some fabulous prizes ($200 prize packs!).

And you will send a message to all the news media: Give dedicated reporters the time and resources they need to do truly important work!

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What are the Tyee Reporting Fellowships? There are two. One is for Investigative Reporting. The other is for Solutions Reporting. (You choose which gets your donation by going to this page.)

Any journalist can apply for a fellowship by proposing projects to an independent, blue-ribbon panel. The panel selects the best, who are awarded $5,000 grants.

The projects must shed light on critical issues for British Columbians, with the aim of educating the citizenry.

The reporting must be investigative or focused on solutions to social and environmental challenges.

The Tyee publishes the resulting work, and shares it for free with other publications, with approval of the author.

Result: You are able to directly fund the kind of journalism you crave: hard hitting, independent, educational.

And be confident that it is connecting with ten of thousands of people, making a real impact.

How $10,000 unleashes $20,000 worth of journalism

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for The Tyee's Reporting Fellowship Funds over the next three weeks.

If we do, we can give out four fellowships of $5,000 each.

That's because this isn't the first time we've fundraised for the fellowships. And thanks to generous previous donors, we already have $10,000 in our fellowship funds.

So, with $10,000 more we can to turn loose four great reporting efforts worth $20,000!

Click here for more information on how to donate to the funds.

Contribute and make a difference

Previous Tyee reader-funded series have broken major stories, empowered citizens, and won national awards. Examples:

A highly influential news-breaking investigative series by Chris Wood: "Rough Weather Ahead: How global warming will hit BC."

A solutions series praised by Aboriginal leaders and widely read, by Sandra Shields: "Reconciling with First Nations: How the 'New Relationship' is faring in the Fraser Valley."

A wildly popular and vigorously debated solutions series by writer and activist Dave Olsen: "No Fares! Time for a free ride on public transit."

Public school teacher Nick Smith's journey to seek out the best education minds and report on "Teaching that Inspires."

Amanda Euringer's empowering series "Toxic Work: Know Your Rights," now a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

David Tracey's coverage of the urban farming revolution in BC and Chris Cannon's guide to saving the planet with a new "sharing economy."

And there's one more Tyee Reporting Fellowship recipient's series to come later this summer.

Please give, for the media we need

Corporate media is cutting back but the challenges facing us in British Columbia aren't shrinking.

Never have we needed more the positive, change-making journalism you enable with a gift to the Tyee Fellowship Funds.

Please contribute today. It's fast, safe, easy... and starts by clicking here.

I thank you for your support.

David Beers
Editor, The Tyee  [Tyee]

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