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But you already knew that. The American Journalism Review recently dubbed MoJo the “Best in the Business” for magazine investigative reporting. We’re in good company: The two other winners in the investigative category were ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. But while the inimitable Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes,” in accepting his program’s award for best TV newsmagazine, suggested that the media has been too hard on Newt Gingrich–particularly in failing to acknowledge the popularity of his new ideas, we accepted our award in recognition of an old idea: giving voice to the voiceless. ABC’s Ted Koppel, meanwhile, said he had started Gingrich off with a “free shave” interview, and asked if we didn’t feel inclined to give Newt a similar honeymoon. “How many critical stories have you run on him since the election?” he inquired. We replied, “Five or six.” “Well,” said Koppel, “for Mother Jones, that’s restraint.”


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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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