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If you're looking to support us, stay tuned! We had a successful campaign and are excited to be a part of WAMU.
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Update 6/15 at 10 AM

We reached our initial $75,000 goal - but the campaign isn't over yet and our sights are set on the stretch goal of $125,000! Reaching it means we'll be on firmer financial footing as we start this new chapter, and it will help us make the site bigger, better, and more comprehensive than ever before. 

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Why hello there, Washington! 

Whether you came to DCist to find out about upcoming events in your neighborhood, learn about the latest in city government, or chuckle over all the wacky things Washingtonians overhear around town, the site served as the District's homepage. All that changed when DCist abruptly shut down last November.

Thousands of people gather at the National Mall for a free yoga class. (Alex Edelman / DCist)
Thousands of people gather at the National Mall for a free yoga class. (Alex Edelman / DCist)

Thanks to WAMU, we're coming back, and bringing you all the news, culture, and curiosities you’ve been missing. We want to preserve what made the site a must-read and expand our coverage, all while making DCist sustainable in the long-run.

With your help, we will be able to cover even more of the city, doubling down on our reporting of Metro crises, listserv oddities, labor organizing, dating culture, food happenings, D.C.'s fight for autonomy, “Best Ofs,” and so much more. We might even weigh in on whether or not the city is, in fact, cool.

Some of the offerings at District Winery (Reema Desai / DCist).
Some of the offerings at District Winery (Reema Desai / DCist).

WHO ARE WE?

 DCist began in 2004 as a volunteer-run blog, and over the years has morphed into an indispensable part of the local news ecosystem. When we were shut down, we had a full-time staff of three and a phalanx of freelancers contributing to the site.

Our curiosity about the city has always been boundless. We figured out why 16th Street is lined with houses of worship, gave friend speed dating a whirl, and learned about dolphins in the Potomac.

One of the newer murals in Southeast. (Gabrielle Tillenburg / DCist)
One of the newer murals in Southeast. (Gabrielle Tillenburg / DCist)

That inquisitiveness is matched by our commitment to reporting in the public interest. Our story about misgendering at a public pool led to changes in training policies, we brought you the nuanced tale of how gentrification is playing out on a soccer field in Columbia Heights, and we tracked which food delivery companies weren't serving neighborhoods east of the river.    

On DCist 2.0, you'll still find our hard-hitting reporting, playful takes, shitty horoscopes, zoo stories, hidden gems of D.C. history, and the latest in city politics. The difference now is that we're owned by local NPR station WAMU, one of the District's most trusted newsrooms, and supported by you.

Protesters march down 14th Street NW on May Day. (Rachel Kurzius / DCist)
Protesters march down 14th Street NW on May Day. (Rachel Kurzius / DCist)

WHERE IS THIS MONEY GOING? 

A pair of donors made it possible to buy DCist. But that was just enough to get the website back — not to keep it running.

With $75,000, we can bring back our staff at its previous level, take on a part-time editor, hire new freelancers, and develop a fresh daily newsletter to grace your inbox. That means more tales uncovered from the annals of D.C. history, more things to do this weekend, more snapshots of the city's mushrooming restaurant scene, more profiles of people who make the city tick, and more coverage of the tensions of a growing city. 

Hundreds of people skipped down to their skivvies to take part in Cupid's Undie Run (Josh Marks / DCist)
Hundreds of people skipped down to their skivvies to take part in Cupid's Undie Run (Josh Marks / DCist)

If we reach our stretch goal of $125,000, that means an even wider variety of voices helping you understand our city, and providing nuance to a place that is so much more than the home of the federal government.

We’re counting on you—our readers, neighbors, tipsters, and overhearers—to be an integral part of DCist 2.0.

REWARDS! 

Pledge $12 or more and receive this limited edition DCist vinyl sticker. 

Pledge $25 or more and receive your own pencil set with DCist-specific flair for when you want to scribble down the hilarious thing you just overheard on the Metro. 

Pledge $50 or more and get a gorgeous postcard set by local illustrator Carlos Carmonamedina, including a limited-edition DCist scene. 

Pledge $75 or more and receive the fresh tote bag you knew was coming as soon as news broke that DCist was joining the public radio fold.  

Pledge $120 or more and live your truest DCist chef life with an apron and recipe card set from some our favorite bars and restaurants. 

Pledge $200 or more and snag this limited-edition DCist roast from Lost Sock Coffee Roasters along with a shmancy camping mug to drink it out of.

Pledge $200 and enjoy a night on the town with The Hamilton, including VIP early entry to a show of your choice and an exclusive pre-show meet and greet (pending artist approval).

Pledge $200 and get exclusive early access to the National Building Museum's summer architectural exhibition, Fun House before it shows up in your Instagram feed. 

Pledge $365 and we'll write a personalized guide to life in D.C. You just tell us who, what, or where you want to know about and we'll craft a "best of" just for you. 

Pledge $600 and no less than Kojo Nnamdi himself will record a voicemail for you. 

Pledge $600 and hang out at DC Brau and get your brew/journalism nerdery on with the editors of DCist. 

Pledge $1,200 and we'll give you a tour of our new home at WAMU, including a live taping of the Kojo Nnamdi Show. 

Pledge $1,200 and take a staycation at The Line hotel.

Pledge $5,000 and catch a Tiny Desk concert live, along with a tour of NPR headquarters. 

The Roots featuring Bilal perform a Tiny Desk Concert. (Claire Harbage/NPR)
The Roots featuring Bilal perform a Tiny Desk Concert. (Claire Harbage/NPR)

The good news about DCist becoming part of WAMU just keeps coming. WAMU is a member-supported station and a registered 501c3, meaning your pledge is tax-deductible (minus the value of your selected reward as well as credit card processing and Kickstarter fees). You'll get a tax acknowledgment after the campaign ends.

Risks and challenges

When DCist closed, we heard from people all over town asking us if we were going to start our own publication. The thing is, it’s so much easier said than done. The economics of the local news business are, shall we say, rough.

But with DCist 2.0, we have the perfect opportunity to marry our digital sensibilities and commitment to neighborhood news with public radio's member-supported model. Rather than looking to owners in New York (Gothamist) or Chicago (Joe Ricketts and DNAInfo), we now only answer to our own community.

The way forward for local journalism will need to be experimental, and it will rely on your support in more ways than one. We hope you'll join us as we work to pave a new path.

We'll see you next month at DCist.com :) :) :)

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    DCist Vinyl Sticker

    Whether you put it on your laptop, your lunchbox, or your lapel, this limited edition sticker will display your pride for the District’s homepage.

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    DCist Pencil Set

    Want to scribble down the hilarious thing you just overheard someone say on the Metro, or an idea before it slips your mind? Any time you want to write something, do it with this dope set of six pencils, specialized with some DCist-specific flare.

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    DCist Postcards by Carlos Carmonamedina

    We say pish posh to the same old postcard images of cherry blossoms and the Reflecting Pool. Carlos Carmonamedina has been busy illustrating a gorgeous postcard each week showing off the best of D.C. life ... and now he's made one just for us. Get this exclusive DCist postcard (has the Metro ever looked this good?), paired with three of our favorite of Carmonamedina's past designs.  

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    Pablo Maurer Photo Print

    Pablo Maurer is the man behind some of DCist's most popular posts. His "Abandoned States" series explores oft-forgotten sites with deeply ingrained history, and his photography documents their haunting decay. Choose from a slew of Abandoned States images curated by Pablo, and he'll print and sign your own personal copy.

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    DCist Tote

    You knew there was a fresh tote coming as soon as news broke that DCist was joining the public radio fold. Well, here it is. Be one of the first to don the bag on the District streets, and carry it with all the confidence of a D.C. squirrel.

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    DCist Apron + Recipe Cards  

    Live your truest D.C. chef life. Our DCist apron comes with exclusive recipe cards from some of our favorite restaurants and bars around town.  

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    Cherry Blossom Creative Print 

    Cherry Blossom Creative’s mesmerizing maps of the District have become local icons in and of themselves. Get this limited edition print of their classic D.C. map, jazzed up with some DCist-inspired gold shimmer. Cherry Blossom Creative is only producing 40 of these signed, numbered prints, so get your hands on them quick.

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    Lost Sock Coffee + DCist Mug

    Get caffeinated AF with a limited edition DCist roast from Lost Sock Coffee Roasters, a local small-batch sustainable roastery based in Brightwood. Sip in style with this retro camping mug. 

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    The Hamilton

    The red carpet will roll out for you and a friend during this much-deserved night on the town. Take in a show of your choice at The Hamilton, including VIP early entry to the venue and an exclusive pre-show meet and greet (pending artist approval). While you’re at it, fortify yourself with a $50 bar tab.

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    National Building Museum Sneak Peek

    Every summer, the National Building Museum turns its soaring atrium into The Place To Be with a playful, large-scale architectural exhibition. This year’s Fun House takes visitors on a tour of renowned design firm Snarkitecture’s imaginative work—including a kidney-shaped pool that recalls the blockbuster BEACH exhibition. Here’s your chance to see the installation before it shows up your Instagram feed! The National Building Museum will open its doors early on July 4, where you and a friend will get a chance to meet the designers themselves and roam the installation before it opens to the public.

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    Your Very Own "Best Of"

    We've been publishing authoritative lists of the region's best tacos, date ideas, unconventional workouts, and other things you need to live your best D.C. life for years. But we've never made a personalized best of before. Do you need to know what to do in a particular neighborhood, tips for gluten-free visitors, or where are the best places to buy socks? Dream big! Let the editors know what you're interested in and we'll put together your very own best of.

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    Personalized Kojo Voicemail

    Have the smoothest voice in all the land grace your answering machine. No less than Kojo Nnamdi himself will record an outgoing message. Never feel guilty about letting your phone go to voicemail again!

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    DC Brau Tour + Hangout with DCist Staff

    You helped save local journalism ... let's cheers to that! You and a friend can hang out with the editors of DCist and check out the inner workings of hometown brewery DC Brau (their in-house historian will give us a tour!)

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    Catch The Kojo Nnamdi Show Live

    Experience a D.C. institution live. Sit in the control room and watch how the daily magic of the Kojo Nnamdi Show gets made, followed by a tour of the WAMU/DCist newsrooms. Have we mentioned that there's a whole free wall of books here?!?!

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    DCist Getaway at The Line

    You deserve a staycation, and where better to do it than at one of the buzziest new hotels in the District? Get away for a night (while remaining within city limits) at the LINE Hotel, and enjoy breakfast the next morning at Brothers And Sisters, chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s lobby restaurant.

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    10 tickets, and an I.M.P Expedition

    Everyone is going to want to be your best friend when you’ve got entry to the best venues in town. Take a whirlwind tour of I.M.P’s iconic rooms with two tickets to the 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Lincoln Theatre and 9:30 Club Presents at U Street Music Hall (that’s right, all five of them!). Pick one show at each venue in August or September that is currently on sale, subject to availability. Plus, you’ll be able to show off that you're a true D.C. music fan with two mugs and two t-shirts each from the 9:30 Club, The Anthem, and Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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    NPR HQ Tour + Tiny Desk Concert

    Visit the mothership. You and a guest will take a tour of NPR headquarters, have lunch at the charmingly named Sound Bites cafe, and catch a live Tiny Desk concert. We'll send you a couple of options in July to choose from.  

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