Mother Jones Announces Newsroom Expansion

Nonprofit newsroom adds seven new staffers thanks to reader support

At a time when investigative reporting is more essential than ever—and against a backdrop of contraction and layoffs elsewhere—Mother Jones is announcing an expansion of its news team thanks to record support from its readers.

“We are incredibly grateful for the surge of reader support that has allowed us to expand our newsroom at such a crucial time for investigative journalism,” said CEO Monika Bauerlein.

Ari Berman, one of the nation’s top reporters on voting rights issues and author of Give Us the Ballot and Herding Donkeys, is coming to Mother Jones from The Nation. He is also, and will remain, a fellow at The Nation Institute. Jamilah King, a senior writer at Mic and formerly a news editor at Colorlines, is joining to expand Mother Jones’ coverage of race and justice. Dan Friedman, who has served as Washington correspondent for the Trace and the Daily News, joins Mother Jones’ Washington bureau to report on foreign influence and national security.

Mother Jones also welcomes senior news editor Amanda Silverman (formerly of The New Republic and Foreign Policy) and director of audience Julia Chan, who comes to us from the Center for Investigative Reporting. And the organization is launching its documentary film residency program, bringing two acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Al Kamalizad and Mark Helenowski, into the newsroom to join reporters and editors in developing new ways for documentarians and journalists to work together.

“We are thrilled to bring in this amazing talent to build Mother Jones’ capacity to report on critical issues,” said Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery. 

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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