The Tyee hopes to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to fund
investigative or solutions-based reporting on issues affecting British
There are types of Tyee reporting fellowships: Investigative Reporting and Solutions Reporting. Any journalist can apply by proposing projects to an independent panel. The best ones are awarded $5,000 grants.
Projects must “shed light on critical issues for British Columbians, with the aim of educating the citizenry.” The Tyee will publish the work and share it with other publications for free (if the author agrees).
Last year’s fundraising efforts raised over $25,000.
A note from Tyee editor-in-chief David Beers says:
“Here’s a way that you and we at The Tyee can work together to empower B.C.’s top independent journalists to do their best work.
“And have their scoops reach everyone who reads The Tyee — and far beyond.
“You can make it happen by giving to The Tyee Reporting Fellowship Funds.
“Your contribution will make sure independent journalists can tackle big, important stories the rest of the media is ignoring.
“You can receive a tax deduction for your charitable online donation.
“You can win some fabulous prizes ($200 prize packs!).
“And you will send a message to all the news media: Give dedicated reporters the time and resources they need to do truly important work!”
Beers also lists some stories broken by previous Tyee Fellowship reporters:
“A highly influential news-breaking investigative series by Chris Wood: “Rough Weather Ahead: How global warming will hit BC.”
“A solutions series praised by Aboriginal leaders and widely read, by Sandra Shields: “Reconciling with First Nations: How the ‘New Relationship’ is faring in the Fraser Valley.”
“A wildly popular and vigorously debated solutions series by writer and activist Dave Olsen: “No Fares! Time for a free ride on public transit.”
“Public school teacher Nick Smith’s journey to seek out the best education minds and report on “Teaching that Inspires.”
“Amanda Euringer’s empowering series “Toxic Work: Know Your Rights,” now a finalist for a National Magazine Award.
“David Tracey’s coverage of the urban farming revolution in BC and Chris Cannon’s guide to saving the planet with a new “sharing economy.”
“And there’s one more Tyee Reporting Fellowship recipient’s series to come later this summer.”
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