BW Watchdogs 


As you probably know, advertising revenue is what covers all of our cost. In order to ensure that we are able to cover important stories that we find worth pursuing without constant regard for advertising revenue constraints, I have developed an idea to create a group of subscribers—much like those who support public TV and public radio—to help further our ability to doggedly pursue the truth. This outreach is part of a strategic initiative to strengthen the sustainability and health of independent alternative media through citizen-supported journalism from our reader community.

We are passionate about independence and truth and the business of journalism. The business of journalism is often seen in opposition to its mission, but the fact of the matter is that everything starts with the editorial product—journalism is what matters most. It is critical to both the democratic process and free markets, and that is the philosophical underpinning of what we work for everyday at Boise Weekly. Without brave, independent media and the ability for the ever-shrinking number of journalists to seek the truth, freedom as we now it would cease to exist. That may sound dire, but as Thomas Jefferson said: "...freedom of the press is the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." We're all in this together. We are driven by a deep sense of responsibility to sustain independent media and educate others of its importance. The ability to do so is becoming increasing difficult in the changing landscape of journalism and media. That is why we are asking for your personal support by becoming a BW Watchdog and by spreading the word to those who would be interested in what we are doing. Your confidentiality is protected and the source of contributions provided will not be disclosed.

What does good journalism mean to you? What does Boise Weekly mean to you? Help support our continued to efforts to be the watchdogs in Boise and Idaho. Become a Boise Weekly Watchdog and subscribe today here.

The money that we receive from BW Watchdogs will directly fund fearless, investigative long-form features in Boise Weekly that will be brought to our community by you, BW Watchdogs. Subscriptions will be pooled in $500 increments to fund one investigative piece at a time. As money is received, these funds will be earmarked in $500 increments and updates will be provided to subscribers on the work being done thanks to BW Watchdogs. Please feel free to send suggestions and ideas for these features on scuttlebutt—stories that no other media outlet in this community has the independence or conviction to approach.

BW Watchdog Features:

July 17, 2013

The Long Goodbye: An Idaho Family Fights to Learn the Truth About Their Daughter's Death What Happened to Kelsey Anderson?

By George Prentice

Aug. 14, 2013

Away with the Whey: Chobani Yogurt Puts Rural Idaho in a Stink

By Carissa Wolf

Oct. 9, 2013

Maze of Myths: Business Leaders Push Political Leaders on Immigration

By Carissa Wolf

Oct. 16, 2013

Recovering the Homeless: Organizations Pulling Boise's Homeless Off the Streets

By Harrison Berry

Oct. 23, 2013

Surviving Fire Season: How the Beaver Creek Fire wounded the Wood River Valley

By Jessica Murri

Dec. 18, 2013

Planning for Death, Searching for Life: The struggle to find an organ donor in Idaho

By Jessica Murri

Jan. 22, 2014

Wolves in the Church

By Matt Furber

March 5, 2014

Feeding the Beast

By Zach Hagadone

April 16, 2014


By Jessica Murri

September 10, 2014

Police Departments Are Grabbing Up Free Military Hardware

By Harrison Berry

October 15, 2014

Idaho's Unfinished Quilt of LGBT Protections

By Harrison Berry and Zach Hagadone

November 26, 2014

The Wrong Question: Idaho Labor Dept. Chief Target of EEOC Probe

By George Prentice

January 28, 2015

Campaigning for Cannabis in Idaho

By Carissa Wolf

February 25, 2015

Who Watches the Watchmen?

By Harrison Berry

April 22, 2015

The Silent Partner

By Zach Hagadone

July 8, 2015

Idaho's New Prison Scandal

By George Prentice

August 5, 2015

Idaho's New Prison Scandal Escalates

By George Prentice

August 12, 2015

Federal Judge Slaps State of Idaho With Sanctions in Blistering Ruling Over Prison Cover-Up

By George Prentice

August 19, 2015

Somebody Lied

By George Prentice

October 28, 2015

All Mine

By Harrison Berry and Jessica Murri

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