We get many questions on how Inside Energy is funded. Inside Energy was originally funded by a $1.4-million two-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While our application for a third year of funding is pending, this model is not sustainable. Ultimately, IE will need to be supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses and organizations that share this interest in local and national energy discussion.
Our mission, in collaboration with our partner stations, is to create a more informed public on energy issues, arguably the most important topic of our time. What sets Inside Energy apart is the use of data and investigative reporting techniques that enable us to meet the highest standards of public service in unbiased and fact-based journalism.
A September 2016 Gallup poll found that public distrust of the mainstream media is at an all-time high. Beginning in 1972, and annually since 1997, Americans have been asked about their “trust and confidence” in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Public trust in mainstream media hit its high point of 72% in 1976, but as of fall 2016, the number was just 32%.
Yet, today’s political environment means that non-profit, nonpartisan news organizations like Inside Energy, focusing on a single issue, will be more needed than ever before.
So if you are intrigued by our commitment to telling stories about complex topics that are clear, approachable, and yes, even fun; if you value our reports about how energy is made, moved, and used, by telling the stories of the people involved; and mostly, if you appreciate the balanced, independent and impartial manner in which our stories are told – we will look forward to your support.
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