As some of you know, I am a part time freelance reporter for various news outlets such as WMNF, Free Speech Radio News, and Earth Journalism News. I’m currently working on a story dealing with the push to save the last remaining living forest in Palm Beach County, Florida from development by Scripps, a biotech company that was given hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Scripps intends to build a Biotech Research Labortatory in the Briger Forest but has been opposed by environmental activists, some of whom were arrested earlier this week for staging Florida’s first “tree sit” in an effort to stop development in the forest.
I’m trying a new experiment in ?ommunity powered reporting?in order to fund this story. I’ve posted a story pitch at Spot.us, a website that the public can commission and participate with journalists to do reporting on important and perhaps overlooked topics. If I can get 25 people to donate $15.00 (or 30 people to donate $12.50, etc), I can produce this important story next week.
Please check out the story pitch below and if you feel it’s worth $10.00 or $15.00, (or $5.00 if you’re low on cash) please click the “FUND THIS STORY” button at the Spot.us site. The story will be available online with photos and video and heard locally in Tampa on the WMNF News (and possibly nationally on Free Speech Radio News).
Contributions are tax deductible and Spot.us partners with news organizations to distribute the content.
THANK YOU! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or my cell813-300-1434.
A FEW PAST STORIES I’VE REPORTED:
UN Climate Conference Begins in Cancun
Class Warfare Evident in and outside UN Climate Talks
Poor People’s Campaign fights racism in Benton Harbor
Battle Rages over Indigenous Rights and REDD
Homeless Coalition tries to get accurate picture of very big problem
US Social Forum and March to Fulfill the Dream (for Tavis Smiley Show)
In Seminole Heights, Garden Activists Call for Food Not Lawns
Derrick Jensen on Tea Party victories
East Tampa Residents Critical of Police Response
Richard Heinberg on BP Oil Leak and a Post-Carbon world
FWC holds Emergency Meeting on Gulf Oil Spill
Homeless Heroes in Hillsborough County
Local Sustainability Discussed at Green Business Summit
Naomi Klein on non-violence and climate justice in Copenhagen
Poor People’s March hits Detroit
Immokalee Workers March on Publix
Cuban Environmentalist Roberto Perez Rivero on Climate Change
Backward Step on Climate (St. Petersburg Times)