About this project
Stretch goal target: If we make it to $100,000, we can do a year of reporting BEYOND THE ENERGY BATTLEGROUNDS, stories focused on climate change solutions.
We have a stack of resumes from reporters across Canada eager to join The National Observer team.
With your support, we can afford to:
1. Build out Canada-wide investigative reporting ($75,000)
Put an experienced investigative reporter based in Toronto plus a veteran Ottawa-based reporter to work. Fill in gaps in Canadian reporting, and explore the relationship between corporations and government and the impact of this relationship on ordinary citizens.
2. Create an in-depth report about the oil bust and Calgary. ($80,000)
3. If we make it to $100,000 (that would be amazing!), we can afford to roll out an interactive map for the election that tracks where federal candidates stand on climate change mitigation. The map would include the publication (after the election) of the National Observer "Resilience Index", which will measure how cities are doing comparatively on climate change preparedness and livability.
After the election, we can use the map to track where the most exciting renewable solutions can be found in Canada, North America, and around the world.
SOLD OUT!!! $30 reward: Grimes' original art work on a cool out of print tank top
Fund Reports From the Energy Battlegrounds!
This year will be the hottest year ever in energy politics, filled with big pipeline decisions, big energy dramas, and big elections.
This is the year of Keystone, Kinder Morgan and Canada's fossil fuel-touting prime minister's bid to be the longest serving leader of Canada.
We're a team of award-winning journalists.
With the funding from this project we'll create one year of powerful reporting on energy politics and the environment. We'll look for connections between powerful U.S. interests and Canadian politicians.
We'll bring you reporting on where candidates in the 2015 federal election stand on pipeline projects, LNG, big oil, and how they think and feel about climate change.
We'll travel to where landowners face multi-national corporations who claim rights to place energy infrastructure across their land.
We'll interview scientists once muzzled by Canada's government who are now speaking out about what they know. And we'll be publishing stories we can't even imagine today. As the news unfolds, we'll be there.
We'll be on the ground, bringing stories back to you daily for a year. Making our target will mean we can:
- Afford to cover Canada's energy story through daily, in-depth, critical reporting.
- Reach those who are hungry for our stories quickly, through search engine advertising, vigorous development of our social media outreach, and some solid consulting help on effective optimization of our digital news ecosystem.
- Complete development and design work on our new site.
- Produce a new book, Extract: Vol. 2 The Pipeline Wars, Burnaby Mountain Kinder Morgan protest.
The National Observer
We've developed The Vancouver Observer into an award-winning regional online newspaper.
Now we're building a new publication.
Canada's federal election is coming, and energy policy will be at the centre of this election.
Your support will mean we can launch the National Observer with outstanding coverage of politics and news through the lens of energy and the environment.
Vancouver Observer + National Observer = two great teams, two great publications with investigative reporting and daily news that packs a punch. Delivered to an engaged and growing audience.
While the Vancouver Observer will continue as a vibrant local online newspaper, The National Observer will branch out across the continent and narrow in, with a sharp focus on energy and the environment.
Nationalobserver.com takes a beautiful design, integrates it handily for smartphones and tablets and makes it easy to share articles across platforms. This is how we will deliver some of the most powerful stories of the year, with your help, by meeting our goal. Please join us to make a new platform for energy and environment news and reporting.
We're the team that created "The Tar Sands Reporting Project." Kickstarter called it their "Most Socially Conscious Project" in Canada of 2014.
We produced 140 stories in the year of the report. The investigative stories funded by the project led to the resignation of Canada's top spy watchdog, a class action lawsuit by citizens who were being spied upon by government for criticizing the oil sands, and changes to citizenship laws. The stories outgrew our local brand, "The Vancouver Observer." And that's why, with your support, we're busting out.
YOUR REWARD: EXCELLENT REPORTING AND...
8K Reward: A trip to the Great Bear Rainforest
Get off the grid with us for some deeply relaxing and educational down-time, while learning about how divided factions negotiated for over 19 years, ultimately putting their differences aside to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's trees.
Spend seven days on the Island Roamer sail boat, exploring one of the world's most gorgeous coastal regions. Its future hangs in the balance, as oil and gas projects and companies work to push pipelines through the wilderness to the coast.
We'll use evenings for story-telling, exploring the issues around oil extraction and delivery to market, and alternative sources. During the day, we'll observe wildlife, waterfalls and witness a part of the biggest migration of fish on the planet. We'll watch whales in Douglas Channel and look for the iconic Spirit Bear by a turbulent stream in a mist-laden rainforest.
Risks and challenges
We're reporting in a time that is ever more precarious for journalists. Threats on freedom of speech and attacks on reporters seem to multiply by the month. News organizations are hacked, attract haters, and powerful forces attempt to undermine their credibility.
But one of the amazing parts of a crowd-funding campaign is knowing you have a whole community of backers behind you. This brings strength that goes way beyond money. You inspire us to take risks and to grow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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