Raven's Journalism Travel Expenses

$2,945 of $3,200 goal

Raised by 50 people in 24 months
Raven Rakia  NEW YORK, NY
“A huge aspect of journalism—or any journalism worthy of the name—is the act of putting pressure on power...This requires time and it requires effort and it requires resources.” -David Remnick, editor for The New Yorker to CJR.

I'm a freelance journalist based in New York who covers cities, police and prisons. I've written long form pieces on broken windows policing in NYC  and policing in New York's subways. I've also recently  covered  Rikers Island Jail. You can view more of my past work here.

Reporting, and especially investigative reporting, is super difficult without the backing, money, and support from a news organization (and without a full-time staff reporting gig). As a freelancer, I'm often not given a budget for expenses and travel. Most of the time, it all comes out of my own pocket. I have a few story leads that will bring me to upstate New York and Pennsylvania to investigate on a flawed trial that could prove someone's innocence, the intersections of environmental racism and prisons, and other topics that I've been writing about for the past couple years. I'm asking for support to be able to complete this work.

I'm currently raising money to assist with my travel expenses this year for future articles and investigative pieces regarding court cases, police and prisons in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Money will go to transportation costs, renting cars, accommodation and food while traveling. I have plans to visit three state prisons in PA and NY -- with more trips to surely be added as the year goes on. I'm also raising money to attend a few conferences that I believe will help me develop my investigative reporting skills, meet like-minded people and hear more potential stories to cover. Conferences I hope to attend include an anti-gender violence conference, as well as, an investigative journalism conference.

Any one who donates will receive email updates on my reporting trips filled with stories I find along the way that don't fit into my articles and you'll be the first to hear what I've been working on. People who donate will also be able to view my budget and see where the donated money is going.
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Update 1
Posted by Raven Rakia
24 months ago
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Thank you to everyone who has donated or shared so far! Thanks to a generous donation from someone I don't know, I reached my initial goal of $2,000 way quicker than I thought I would!

I definitely appreciate all the support. I'm taking a break from spamming you all on social media but I raised the goal to $3,200. Any future donations will go to working on FOIA/Open records request regarding getting more information from prisons I'm investigating -- as well as a trip to a prison in VA for a story I just found out about a few days ago.

Reminder: Anyone who donates will get the link to sign up for my email updates which will act like some sort of blog where I write about stories I encounter that don't fit into my articles and update ya'll on all my work.

And if you don't like gofundme for whatever reason OR would like to make a monthly donation: http://rakiasrants.tumblr.com/post/114706025597/if-youre-boycotting-gofundme-or-dont-like-it-for
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$2,945 of $3,200 goal

Raised by 50 people in 24 months
Created March 21, 2015
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Berns B
21 months ago

A little donation to keep the stories coming.

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Joshua Wiese
23 months ago
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