By Tracey Tong –
A Phoenix-based news service seeking to ensure fair coverage to a frequently overlooked population is looking for financial support.
Cronkite News, which focuses on a population of 15 million people living on both sides of the United States-Mexico border, is holding a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising $50,000.
Cronkite News is a professionally led news service staffed by the students of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It produces an evening program daily and is estimated to reach two million households in Arizona. The coverage is also shared with news services across America.
The issues of the residents here – immigration, the economy, security and the environment – are important issues, but are frequently overlooked. Cronkite News has covered numerous important topics from a border perspective, including the possibility of legalizing marijuana, fatal shootings, obesity and low-cost medical care.
The goal is to raise $25,000 by February 25. All funds pledged will be matched by Beacon, a platform for funding journalism, for a total goal of $50,000, which will go towards funding sustainable reporting on both sides of the border.
Cronkite News is also looking for news tips, residents’ experiences and feedback through its Public Insight Network, a community of people who help inform media coverage in their own neighborhoods.