Appalachian Insider

Appalachian Insider

From Joseph Smith

This campaign supports Appalachian Insider, an independently run start-up media company based in West Virginia dedicated to bringing important news and information to the communities it highlights.

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6 months ago

We have officially received our first donation within hours of setting up this campaign. There are plans for some investigative stories and political profiles on deck — I will attempt to keep this campaign updated as the first stories are published and the brand begins to grow.

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In North Central West Virginia where I reside, there is breaking news and stories worthy of investigative reporting each and every day. There are also — like in every other place across the country — local and state politicians that struggle to find the means to inform the public of their plans for change.

As a reporter for a local newspaper in the region, I mainly am focused in sports, but have also uncovered multiple investigative pieces that were previously unreported and, in some cases, have brought attention and well-needed change to real issues in the community.

At the same time, I have forged numerous connections with sources and politicians across different spheres of the state and greater Appalachian region, and have struggled at times to have the opportunity to break the news and tell the stories I feel are important.

This has inspired me to create Appalachian Insider — an independent media organization which will specialize in online print journalism and podcasting, which I intend to spread across West Virginia and Appalachia providing important news, profiles, and relevant public information that needs to be heard.

But operating an independent site alone takes time and overhead costs — such as maintaining the proper channels to distribute the news, the necessary resources to create content, and sufficiently supporting the work I put into the project. Here, I hope I can begin raise money from dedicated readers and supporters of the project while keeping information free to find and developing a thriving independent business.

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6 months ago

Update #1

We have officially received our first donation within hours of setting up this campaign. There are plans for some investigative stories and political profiles on deck — I will attempt to keep this campaign updated as the first stories are published and the brand begins to grow.

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