This is a story about a tiny newsroom with a mighty idea. We launched the Hidden City Daily in 2011 to bring context and investigation to reporting on the changing city. Since then resources have dictated that we focus less on breaking news itself and more on perspective and analysis.
But today, #GivingNewsDay, that could literally change. Thanks to the generosity of NewsMatch and the Wyncote Foundation, your donation to our Fall Campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar. That means with your support we’ll start 2019 with $70,000 in the bank instead of $35,000 and the capacity to add more talented journalists to our freelance roster. In other words, you’ll be giving news.
This isn’t to say we aren’t proud of our reporting this past year. In fact, we’ve been thrilled to see some of our favorite writers from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets picking up on stories we’ve covered on the Hidden City Daily first. When we see them take on a subject our writers have already covered it validates our journalistic efforts, given the vastly different financial resources our staff are working with respectively. Rest assured that your tax deductible donation to the Hidden City Daily goes directly to our writers and editors. We maximize every dollar we receive to give our readers thoughtful reporting and outstanding content for FREE. No paywall, no advertisement clutter, no sponsored content.
This year we followed the wrecking ball–from Christian Street Baptist to Creswell Iron Works to Webb’s Department Store. We dove deep into the conflict over the future of the Boys and Girls Club of Germantown. We interviewed the software engineer who figured out the scope of the City’s revenue loss from the Ten-Year Tax Abatement. We examined the cultural significance of updating the Academy of Natural Science’s famous dioramas. We took a long look at the complex world of Malcolm X Park in West Philly and the life of World Manufacturing’s factory in Kensington.
And we’ll end the year with our most comprehensive look at demolition yet–coming soon.
In the “Good News” department, we are honored that the Fisher Fine Arts Library of the University of Pennsylvania has acquired the entire Hidden City Daily archive for perpetual, public access. This means that thousands of articles on Philly architecture, development, culture, history, and design will be preserved for the use of students and scholars–a lasting legacy you have helped create.
Now we ask you help us reach a new level with a heightened capacity to report more breaking news on what matters.
Give now and have your donation doubled. Give the news!