Hooray For Us!

We don’t have Academy Awards here in magazine-land, but we do have the National Magazine Awards.  Last Year MoJo won the award for general excellence in our circulation category (that’s 100,000-250,000, if you’re curious), and this year we’ve been nominated for three awards, the first time in our history we’ve gotten that many nominations.  One is for general excellence in print, one is for public service, and the third is for general excellence online, for which I take full credit, of course.

(Except, um, for the legion of other people who write, design, blog, administrate, and illustrate the 99% of it that has nothing to do with me.  But other than that, full marks, baby!)

The full list of nominations is here.  Congrats to everyone nominated, and special congratulations to Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, our co-editors here for the past three years.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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