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Tampa Bay Times fundraising drive approaches $50,000 goal

The weeklong campaign to augment the newsroom’s budget and help pay for local journalism ends Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this month. The newsroom is holding a weeklong fundraising drive that concludes Sunday to help the Times do more high-impact journalism.
Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this month. The newsroom is holding a weeklong fundraising drive that concludes Sunday to help the Times do more high-impact journalism. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published May 28

We are so grateful to readers who have contributed during our Tampa Bay Times weeklong fundraising drive that concludes tomorrow.

We appreciate you!

The goal is to raise $50,000 — which is enough to pay the salary of a journalist in our newsroom; or to improve our photo equipment; or pay for documents, data or travel to tell more stories.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, we were at $36,762. Online, we’ve seen gifts ranging from $10 to $2,500. We’ve also gotten $3,718 in checks. And we have pledges of more. All this to say … we’re getting close.

There is still time to help us reach our goal, and I hope you’ll consider a donation of any size. The campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Related: Click here to donate

I also want to share a sampling of the uplifting comments readers have left on our fundraising page:

“We love all the local reporting and coverage, from investigative and politics to sports and the arts. Keep going!” — Al and Linda Humphers

“Thank you for your crucial public service. The survival of American democracy depends upon the high quality, independent, investigative journalism the Times provides.” — Carmine Bell

“More than ever we need great news organizations like the TBT to keep us informed. Thanks to all of you, we appreciate your hard work.” — Trish Jansen

You can read all the comments left by readers at www.tampabay.com/support

We are heartened by the encouraging words and the generous outpouring of support.

Thanks again!

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