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Ark Valley Voice NewsMatch Asks Readers to Take an Active Role in the Preservation of Democracy

From now through year-end is the most important fund drive of the year for Ark Valley Voice (AVV). If we can raise $15,000 in community donations, that will be matched by the foundations working with the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). As of this morning, we stand at around $1,000, for which we are grateful. But we have a long way to go, and we’re asking for readers to stand up for the value of nonprofit news and the role we share in protecting this democracy.

Asking for support is hard –at Ark Valley Voice we’re used to giving:

We give you news at no charge six days a week, not just covering the local scene, but explaining the impact of state, national, and international issues on our valley.

We champion fellow nonprofits — writing hundreds of stories about them without being asked.

We sit for hours covering local government and quasi-judicial meetings to report the decisions to you, so you don’t have to (unless you want to)

We dive in to investigate news stories that just don’t smell right — and turn out to sometimes be worse than we could have imagined.

We defend the public’s right to know — asking questions on your behalf, sometimes getting taken to task for asking them.

We do this because our job is to give truth a voice. That is our local role in this democracy: not to tell you what to think –  but to give you things to think about.

This year — for this critical Newsmatch — we are asking for your support.

Readers and supporters know that as a nonprofit news organization, we aren’t here for profit, we’re here as a public service. But our professional journalists deserve to make a living too –and every tax-deductible penny we raise pays our journalists.

In these turbulent times, of AI and disinformation, political intrigue, and growing extremism, the truth is more important than ever. Knowing you have a local, independent news source that is relentlessly fact-based, unbiased, and willing to tell you what can sometimes be the unpopular truth is the commitment we make to you.

Not only does Ark Valley Voice pursue the truth that other news media won’t – or don’t — explore, we have to be courageous enough to report it. This can get us threatened, and it has.

Democracy requires a free press — unfettered by politics and fascist hobbles. Democracy requires truth — a commitment on our part as a fact-based news resource — matched by your commitment to truth. At whatever level you are able, Ark Valley Voice needs your support.