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Our Mission

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists as they forward fresh narratives about inequality. EHRP’s high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets, to help readers understand and address systemic hardship.

What We Do

EHRP funds our contributors’ reportage and then co-publishes with the most renowned and popular American media outlets, from The New York Times and The Guardian to Wisconsin Public Radio and Esquire.

We’re journalist-centered.

That means supporting writers—not just editorially and financially, but also in terms of how they are treated by our co-publishers.

We value diversity.

In 2023, nearly two-thirds of our contributors identified as female or non-binary, and over one-third identified as Black, Indigenous and/or people of color (BIPOC). Twelve percent of our contributors identified as LGBTQ+.

We don’t just preach to the converted. 

We’re actively engaged in a “culture jamming” strategy to get our stories into media outlets that rarely cover poverty. This means we’ve co-published not only with The Nation but also with Stars and Stripes and USA Today.

We’re Recognized in Our Industry

EHRP was selected in 2021 as the American Journalism Online’s Best Non-Traditional News Source. Our work has won an Emmy, a Peabody, a Society of Professional Journalists award, NABJ awards, a National Headliner Award and a Mirror Award, among many other honors.

History

EHRP emerged in 2012 in a bleak climate. The number of billionaires doubled between 2009 and 2014, but few others else saw much of a windfall. Despite economic growth, inequality continues to rise and poverty to soar. It’s unquestionably one of the biggest domestic stories of our lifetime: intractable, long-term unemployment and income gaps between the wealthy, the middle class and the working poor.

Inspired by the Farm Security Administration and the Works Progress Administration initiatives of the Great Depression, we seek to give voice and work to writers and photographers from underrepresented quarters. Our aim is to humanize inequality. Our writers and photographers, some of whom may be on the brink of poverty themselves, report intimate, uplifting and sometimes shocking stories.

Editorial Independence Policy

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

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