LETTERS: Want more in-depth NH news? Here’s how you can get it

Only 8 More Days to Double Your Donation to InDepthNH.org.

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I’m like you. I want more in-depth news reporting about New Hampshire and what our leaders are and are not doing that will likely impact my life.

I want stories about people like you and me and how we are all faring in a fast-changing world right here in New Hampshire. I want to be informed so I can make the critical decisions necessary to live in a thriving democracy.

And there’s only eight more days for www.newsmatch.org to double your tax-deductible donation to help us here at InDepthNH.org report the news New Hampshire needs.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us expand our State House and first-in-the-nation primary coverage so you know what your lawmakers are doing that impacts your life.

I also want articles about government, education, the business world and people we often don’t get to read much about — disabled people, mentally ill people and folks who are struggling in one way or another, people like the ones I know and love.

Oftentimes, people who are down on their luck come face-to-face with the criminal justice and health care systems, and we at InDepthNH.org are there to make sure their rights are being respected. After all, if the system works for those in our community who need it most, that means it will work for the rest of us, too.

I want to know about the problems we face in New Hampshire and how we can solve them. As a longtime award-winning reporter at the Union Leader, I loved the robust and diverse news that we all enjoyed 20 years ago when there were 60 percent more news jobs in the state than there are today.

So, when I left the newspaper four years ago, I started the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, and we publish online every day at InDepthNH.org. Our focus is in-depth news that matters in New Hampshire to you and me, and we aggregate world and national news from the most trusted sources in the world.

InDepthNH.org recently covered the deliberative sessions on the Seacoast Reliability Project that will run 13 miles, from Madbury to Portsmouth.

The project was approved by state regulators, but without our reporting, how would people know what factors were considered by members of the Site Evaluation Committee in making their decision? We were there as unbiased observers and to explain to you what we saw.

We were there, too, for more than 70 hearings on the Northern Pass transmission project. InDepthNH.org was the only news outlet to cover those hearings from the beginning, and we will continue to cover Northern Pass as Eversource’s appeal is still before the state Supreme Court.

We told you about dishonest police officers and InDepthNH.org is fighting in court to have their names made public. We have the experienced reporters who can tell these difficult stories.

InDepthNH.org shares our reporting with local news outlets to make sure you are fully informed. InDepthNH.org is grateful to Manchester Ink Link for being an early and continuing supporter of in-depth news.

We thank all the newspapers in the state for their support and hope you will buy a subscription to your local newspaper as well as supporting InDepthNH.org. We all need your support in these changing times of news delivery.

As a nonprofit, we raise money the same way it is done at public radio stations — grants, underwriting and individual and major donors.

Our biggest hope is that we can run our news business for you with money you donate. Especially now through Dec. 31 — only a few more days — your individual donation from $5 to $1,000 will be doubled by a national grassroots organization called NewsMatch.

We are expanding our State House and first-in-the nation primary coverage in January.

We need the financial assistance of readers to make that happen. If you care about the state of journalism in New Hampshire and you support the kind of journalism we provide, please consider giving to the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism at www.newsmatch.org, or checks made payable to New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism may be sent directly to us at 38 Edgewater Drive, Barrington, NH 03825.


Nancy West is an award-winning investigative reporter and longtime journalist, and founder of InDepthNH.org, a non-profit investigative news source.