Dear friends,

In recent months, the movie Spotlight has reminded many of us of the crucial role of investigative reporting in holding powerful institutions accountable. IRE continues to make sure that investigative reporting can thrive, even in tough times.

We’re coming off another successful year, but there is much more work to do. Governments are putting up more barriers to information; newsrooms are trimming reporting staffs and reducing budgets for hard-hitting investigations. IRE arms journalists with the skills and support they need to fight against these trends and continue doing quality work that makes a difference.

I have already made my donation this year, and I hope you will join me in supporting IRE this year. There is no better way to make an impact this holiday season than by helping IRE help journalists become the watchdogs our society so badly needs.

You can now make a donation by visiting http://safedonate.us/4IRE or texting 4IRE to 41444.

Thank you for your continued support of IRE, and I look forward to seeing you in Denver for NICAR and New Orleans for the IRE Conference.

Sarah Cohen
President, IRE Board of Directors