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WCIJ investigative reporting intern Alex Arriaga interviews the family of Cesar DeLeon, a Wisconsin inmate who is being held in administrative confinement — a form of indefinite solitary confinement with no clear end date. DeLeon has been on a hunger strike to protest the treatment of Wisconsin prisoners in solitary. Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
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Exciting news! The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced it will match any gift you make to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism through Jan. 19, 2017 — up to $1,000!

That means if you donate now, your gift will double in size and impact. $25 will become $50 … $50 will become $100 … and $500 will grow to an astonishing $1,000 in urgently needed funds to support deeply researched, fact-checked investigative journalism and the training of current and future generations of investigative journalists in Wisconsin.

So please take advantage of this incredible opportunity, which is available to just 57 nonprofit news organizations and was inspired by a recent surge in gifts to nonprofit news organizations nationwide. The nonpartisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has a $500,000 operating budget, four full-time employees, six paid interns and skilled volunteers whose investigative reports are shared for free on and through hundreds of other news organizations. Make your gift go twice as far to support:

  • Investigative journalism of importance to people in Wisconsin, built on our guiding values: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions.                        
  • Paid student internships in investigative reporting and public engagement and marketing that produce award-winning stories and innovative business initiatives that are helping to develop sustainable approaches for the future.
  • Real news, rigorously fact-checked — the kind of nonpartisan investigative journalism that has never been needed more than it is now.

This work informs the public and strengthens our democracy. So please be as generous as you are able when your gift will go twice as far!


Andy Hall
Executive Director and Co-Founder

P.S. Please share this news with your friends and colleagues. We have just one month to seize this opportunity in the Knight News Match — which could generate as much as $25,000 in matching funds for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism! Help spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and social media with #newsmatch.

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