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As a writer for Firedoglake, fundraisers are a test. They are an opportunity to see how well we have performed in the past months.

What do readers think about the stories that are being published? Do they involve topics that should be highlighted regularly by a news website? Are we doing a good enough job of seeking out stories that do not receive enough attention in the establishment press? Would they like to see more from us and continue to make it possible for us to grow?

There are multiple missions we are working to fulfill at FDL.

I strive to bring an unapologetic perspective to the latest brazen acts of government injustice and impunity, whether they involve refusing to hold torturers or lying officials accountable or invoking secrecy to conceal crimes or misconduct.

Sometimes reading through a court decision or a declassified or leaked document will inspire a kind of bleak irreverence for the powerful. In engaging in adversarial journalism, I deliberately infuse my posts with that sentiment because it is how I believe people who read Firedoglake daily happen to feel as well.

I work to support adversarial journalism by making the case for others to support reporters, who engage in this endangered brand of journalism as well. For example, there are a number of posts that I have written about The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, who has been attacked by media seeking to discredit his source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and his disclosures. I refused to be silent and let others in my profession kill the messenger when they choose to defend certain agendas of the United States government.

More significantly, when the government subpoenas reporters to force them to reveal their confidential sources as part of a leak prosecution (like New York Times reporter James Risen),  it is necessary to regularly post updates on such a flagrant assault on freedom of the press and defend those reporters.

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Here at FDL it is also possible to give voices within movements a platform. There are not many media organizations that would publish an open letter from the movement in Ferguson, Missouri, describing what community members have gone through since Mike Brown was killed by a police officer as an “American Horror Story.”

There are not many outlets that would provide a platform to one of the first efforts by youth of color to document human rights abuses by police and present their findings to the UN Committee Against Torture. But, in both cases, I made the choice to step aside and let the people involved speak for themselves because I felt it important for those who read FDL to read and hear what they had to say.

I will probably write quite a bit on police brutality and police militarization at FDL in the coming year. What will be important as a white privileged journalist is to recognize when it is appropriate to use Firedoglake to amplify voices often marginalized in US media.

Finally, with climate change growing into an even greater crisis for humanity daily, the need for acts of direct action and protest from activists continues to grow. The problem is that engaging in some of these actions risks severe prosecution by government attorneys, who effectively serve the interests of corporations through their zealous conduct.

However, these activists offer inspiration and optimism for a future on this planet, and it is up to media organizations like Firedoglake to cover their stories, when their resistance is being suppressed in the streets, in boats, on train tracks and at construction sites and, critically, later in courtrooms.

We believe we are capable of being an ally in struggles by publishing reporting and writing that comes from a position of clarity. We are committed to adapting and evolving for the benefit of our readers and the movements of our time. But we cannot maintain such a versatile and passionate media organization without your support.

Will you donate $10 to us today and ensure we are able to continue to make a positive impact through our astute blend of journalism and activism? 

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Fundraisers Are the Time You Let Us Know How You Think About What We Do

As a writer for Firedoglake, fundraisers are a test. They are an opportunity to see how well we have performed in the past months.

What do readers think about the stories that are being published? Do they involve topics that that should be highlighted regularly by a news website? Are we doing a good enough job of seeking out stories that do not receive enough attention in the establishment press? Would they like to see more from us and continue to make it possible for us to grow?

There are multiple missions we are working to fulfill at FDL.

I strive to bring an unapologetic perspective to the latest brazen acts of government injustice and impunity, whether they involve refusing to hold torturers or lying officials accountable or invoking secrecy to conceal crimes or misconduct.

Sometimes reading through a court decision or a declassified or leaked document will inspire a kind of bleak irreverence for the powerful. In engaging in adversarial journalism, I deliberately infuse my posts with that sentiment because it is how I believe people who read Firedoglake daily happen to feel as well.

I work to support adversarial journalism by making the case for others to support reporters, who engage in this endangered brand of journalism as well. For example, there are a number of posts that I have written about The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, who has been attacked by media seeking to discredit his source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and his disclosures. I refused to be silent and let others in my profession kill the messenger when they choose to defend certain agendas of the United States government.

More significantly, when the government subpoenas reporters to force them to reveal their confidential sources as part of a leak prosecution (like New York Times reporter James Risen),  it is necessary to regularly post updates on such a flagrant assault on freedom of the press and defend those reporters.

If you appreciate this kind of work, will you donate $10 to keep it going? 

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."

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