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Crucial news coverage and community supported journalism for the Hudson Valley region, from the makers of Chronogram.
193 backers pledged $22,089 to help bring this project to life.

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 The River is a news source for the people of the Hudson Valley.

We aim to produce news that gives you tools for living your life, and information that gives you pause and makes you think. This kind of news empowers you in making good decisions and fosters critical thinking on key issues that affect you.

We're dedicated to covering this area as one region. No matter which Hudson Valley town or city you live in, there are issues that can only be tackled from a higher vantage point. We need a source of news meant to give us common ground as citizens and a clear understanding of the issues we face together as a region.

Regional News? Why Now?

Multiple studies have shown that without healthy local media community governments make decisions that ultimately lead to higher expenses and higher taxes.

We’re fortunate to have some great community-based local weeklies, owned and created in the Hudson Valley. But many areas in the Hudson Valley now have no local coverage, and others have little more than the police blotter or random Facebook posts.

It's no secret that newspapers across the country are shuttered or have drastically cut newsroom staff. There are major macro-economic forces at play disrupting the viability of news and journalism as a business, and here in the Hudson Valley the effects of these changes have been felt for years. But that doesn't take away the fact that our communities need reliable news, now more than ever. We want to fill that gap!

By getting involved, becoming a member and supporting newsmaking, you make the Hudson Valley a better place to live, work, and play!

Why We Need Your Support

The River is ad-free and supported by our audience, as well as by grants like the one we received from Civil

With your support we can hire a team of reporters to cover important issues that affect our whole region. By supporting The River you make quality regional coverage available to the Hudson Valley  and beyond. 

Give what you can! Every contribution helps build a network of Hudson Valley citizens and an engaged audience!

 Published on Civil 

We've been chosen to be among the "First Fleet" on Civil, "a fast-growing community of top journalists and technologists, working together to build a home for trustworthy, sustainable journalism." The platform is built using blockchain technology for longevity and reliability, and it aims to create an ecosystem where readers can trust what they read. That sounds good to us. Explore Civil in the press.

How We're Doing It

Traditional Newsmaking: We're hiring seasoned writers to report on regional issues of national significance. Your support makes more stories possible. We have a network of freelancers to rely on, and as we gain your support we'll hire full-time reporters and editors as well.

Research and Data: What does existing data have to tell us? We're looking to pair writers with data scientists to find the stories in the numbers. 

Partnering with Organizations: This region has a wealth of organizations who have the expertise to research and understand important issues. We'll collaborate to get the stories of their findings to our readers.

Citizen Engagement: We can all help make news. We'll be working with a diverse array of citizens to make sure stories of all kinds are reported, and that those who want to be part of covering news can learn those skills.

Community Roundtables: We've got to keep talking as a community to understand each other's needs. We're hosting conversations and forums to bring shared issues to light as well as those that are affecting smaller groups of citizens.

Website is Live!

Our website is live, and here are some examples of the kind of stories you'll find there:

We need your help to make this vision come to life! Get involved, become a member, and support newsmaking for our region. We're all in this together, and we're committed to finding ways to include all community members in the conversation. 

Who Are We?

We've been publishing Chronogram magazine for 25 years, a magazine that's won many awards and is well-loved by the community.

Now we're expanding our cultural coverage to include more politics, social justice, the environment, economy and business, health, and education. 

We work with a huge network of freelance writers and journalists, and we'll be expanding our newsroom to include editors, reporters, researchers, and data scientists as we grow and as funding allows.

Your contribution will help fund the hiring of a dedicated editor to lead the newsroom and a community manager to keep in close communication with our readers. 

The team at Luminary Media is hard at work launching The River.
The team at Luminary Media is hard at work launching The River.

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Risks and challenges

While backing this project is risky, it's not risky in the same way many other projects on Kickstarter are. We're already making news, and our website is live. The question is: how long can we continue and how much community can we bring together? Publishing news is a risky endeavor today. With the help of your contribution, and with your ongoing engagement and support, we can continue and thrive.

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    Come aboard! This voucher for a Champagne Sunset sail for two is your ticket to experience the romance of the Hudson aboard the sleek SV Helen with pick-up in Kingston or Rhinecliff. Pop bubbly and watch the sun go down with someone special. Courtesy of Tivoli Sailing. And of course, all the perks of a year's membership.

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    You will be the subject and author of a genuine fact-based, ghostwritten, autobiographical, illustrated infographic. An original piece of unequivocal art by the infographic team at Luminary & The River. Frame it, post it, share it--Your friends will covet it. Plus all the benefits of membership for a year. Wow is right!

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    Your sponsorship elevates the Hudson Valley! This funding level will go specifically to a single investigative project which will span several articles. We will keep you informed, as a member of the team, as we uncover issues, develop sources, generate content and give context to a developing Hudson Valley story. Topic for the story will be defined in collaboration with the editorial team.

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    You and your guests spend a few hours on the Hudson with your favorite founders, journalists and editors. Get exclusive access to talk (and drink!) with the folks who make The River tick. We'll be fully catered and totally relaxed aboard SV Songbird, the flagship of the Tivoli Sailing fleet. We can talk news, current events, blockchain, journalism... or just drink and sing karaoke--it's totally up to you! Plus yearly membership and perks. (Reach out to discuss details.)

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