We are launching our Freelance Reporting Initiative to raise funds to hire laid off reporters to write freelance stories highlighting the challenges posed to the journalism industry by the tech giants.

Freelance reporting has long been a critical part of the American journalistic landscape, with greats like Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson defining the genre for generations of reporters. But like everything else in journalism these days, freelance reporting doesn’t pay what it once did. While it was common for Hemingway to get up to $5 a word for a story and most freelancers getting around $2, today publications can pay as little as 25 cents. Our Freelance Reporting Initiative will pay freelancers $2 a word, far more than the going rate and reflective of the need to support high-quality journalism.

All of the funds we receive from your pledge will go directly toward funding freelance stories.