Impact

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Stories that create change

CHANGING LIVES AND PUBLIC POLICY THROUGH IMPACT JOURNALISM

The Seattle Times is a pioneer among news media organizations, creating innovative funding models for public-service journalism initiatives that improve our community. We are a national leader in developing community funding for high-impact journalism projects that tackle urgent community issues head-on and create change. Our in-depth, solutions-based reporting has changed public funding and policy and resulted in action at the highest levels of state government.

CONTACT US

Kati Erwert
Senior VP of Product, Marketing and Public Service
The Seattle Times
t. 206.464.2171
e. kerwert@seattletimes.com

PROJECTS

THE MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

This new Seattle Times initiative is devoted to behavioral and mental health issues, which are critically important — possibly now more than ever — and pose specific challenges to the Puget Sound region. The project explores a growing mental health crisis, spotlights promising treatments and research, and examines actions by government agencies, nonprofit and health providers to find and implement possible solutions. The Seattle Times’ in-depth journalism increases public awareness, destigmatizes behavioral health and deepens understanding of how mental health issues impact our communities.

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EDUCATION LAB

The Seattle Times’ first solutions journalism partnership, Education Lab, explores solutions to the complex challenges in public education. Lawmakers credit our stories for helping pass school discipline reform that languished for years. Coverage prompted a state senator to personally request education funding and inspired readers to send $10,000 in personal donations to support an at-risk school program.

Education Lab also publishes first-person essays by local high school and college students sharing their diverse experiences, from special education to balancing homework with being homeless. Education Lab amplifies voices that would otherwise not be heard, to find solutions for all.

Read Educational Lab coverage 

TRAFFIC LAB

Traffic Lab digs into our region’s pervasive traffic problems, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock and helps readers find the best ways to get around. From train tracks on the I-90 floating bridge to light rail connecting Ballard and West Seattle, Traffic Lab tracks transportation projects and timelines and their impact on daily life. We examine important ballot measures to track how resources are being spent, and we keep an eye on future technology that promises to make getting where you need to go a little bit easier.

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PROJECT HOMELESS

King County spends more than $200 million a year on homeless services, yet our homeless population continues to rise. Project Homeless explores and explains the systemic issues causing homelessness in our region to surface solutions. We report from homeless encampments, unearth personal stories, call for accountability and find out what is – and isn’t – working to address homelessness.

Project Homeless shows where the money goes, how people become homeless and what keeps them on the street. We examine lessons learned across the country to try new ideas here and encourage smart changes to public policy.

Read Project Homeless stories 

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM FUND

Local investigative journalism exposes injustice, fights corruption and rights wrongs. The Investigative Journalism Fund, an initiative with Seattle Foundation, seeks to build one of the largest local investigative teams in the nation to increase our ability to hold those in power accountable and make a difference for the people of our region. Seattle Times investigations have saved local lives from dangerous painkillers, protected vulnerable seniors from abuse, exposed double-booked surgeries at a local hospital and expedited FDA changes to help prevent birth defects. The Seattle Times investigation of Boeing 737 MAX crashes surfaced key safety issues and examined critical decisions, leading the coverage nationally.

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GET INVOLVED

The Seattle Times impact journalism initiative seeks community funders, strategic partners and personal champions of the free press to support and expand our work. Community funders, including nonprofits, corporations and philanthropic foundations, have supported this work with more than $7.6 million since 2013. Learn how you or your organization can support public service journalism that has a direct impact on our local community.

SEE IMPACT JOURNALISM AT WORK

THANK YOU, COMMUNITY FUNDERS

The Seattle Times recognizes community funders in print for their support. Click the image above for the latest list of donors.



The Seattle Times maintains editorial control over content produced with fund resources. Funders do not have any input into the reporting of stories or into any of the specific content that will be produced with fund resources. Funders are not aware of specific stories The Seattle Times newsroom is working on and do not review them before publication. Funders do not have special access to reporters, and readers know who our funders are. To learn more, contact Kati Erwert, Senior Vice President of Product, Marketing and Public Service at kerwert@seattletimes.com.