Today is Giving Tuesday, a day in which your email box fills up with pitches and requests from organizations and nonprofits you have supported in the past.
The Spokesman-Review is no different, and we hope that our loyal readers and supporters will take a few minutes to consider funding a strong local newspaper.
The newspaper industry has been in dire straits for more than a decade, as shrinking circulation numbers and declining ad revenue have resulted in layoffs and in some cities closure of the local daily newspaper.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated that decline. As retail businesses have struggled, they have pulled back on their advertising, meaning less money to spend on reporters, photographers and editors. That means less local news for our community at a time when local journalism is more important than ever.
At The Spokesman-Review, we’re trying to change that narrative, and we need your help to do it.
First thing you can do to support The Spokesman-Review is subscribe. We offer print and digital subscriptions, and you can give a subscription as a gift. For details, visit www.spokesman.com/customer-service/ and click on “Subscribe,” or call customer service at (509) 747-4422.
We also accept donations. Every dollar donated helps pay journalists’ salaries or helps support the programs of the Northwest Passages Book Club. There are three ways to make a donation. First is to make a tax-deductible donation to the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement fund established to benefit The Spokesman-Review at the Innovia Foundation.
Also, at the end of every story at spokesman.com, you’ll see a box asking readers to support local journalism. If you have small amounts to spare and want to throw some money our way, donations to this fund directly support our three Report for America corps members, health writer Arielle Dreher, Olympia reporter Laurel Demkovich and Washington, D.C., reporter Orion Donovan-Smith.
You can find links to both of these donation portals at www.spokesman.com/support/spokesman/.
You can also just drop a check into the mail, made out to Northwest Passages Book Club, c/o Mary Beth Donelan, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
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