Pizza for the Newsroom

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Campaign mission update, Feb. 24, 2017

Because of the overwhelming response, we've expanded our list of recipients to include more newsrooms, wire services and other news outlets. We raised $7,800 in two days from 450 donors.

Here's the list of recipients, recommended by campaign donors.

New York Times (NYC newsroom and Washington bureau)
Washington Post
Associated Press, Washington bureau
The Guardian, Washington bureau
Los Angeles Times Washington bureau
Reuters, Washington bureau
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Boston Globe
Dallas Morning News
NPR
CNN Washington bureau
The Hill
The Nation
The New Yorker
Teen Vogue
Mother Jones
The David Pakman Show
The Intercept
The Young Turks
Politico
New York Amsterdam News
Staten Island Live

Original campaign mission statement.


The newsrooms of The New York Times and The Washington Post have produced extraordinary work during the first weeks of the Trump administration.

I bet they're tired.  And hungry.

As a retired newsperson, I've been looking for ways to support my sisters and brothers in journalism. With your donations, we'll arrange for pizza (or something gluten-free) to be delivered to the newsrooms of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

This is only a start. Donate now and let's see how far we can go to honor our working journalists.

My goal is to show the Post and the Times that I appreciate what they've been doing the last few weeks, because they're performing a historic service for all of us. They are not the only hard-working, courageous journalists in the country. Thousands work every day under extremely difficult circumstances, at small-town weeklies and big-city dailies. There are awards and paychecks and recognition, but many times those forms of compensation fail to match the level of dedication and sacrifice that goes into the work. The arc of print journalism in the last 20 years makes bigger heroes every day of those who carry on. Today, though, I'm feeling especially indebted to the newsrooms of the Post and the Times. I think it would be a significant, personal gesture to reach out to them with the corny, cozy newsroom tradition of sending pizza to the newsroom. It's a ritual we can share with others who want to salute them. My hope is that this impulsive project (an idea that came to me in the shower) will grow. PIZZA FOR EVERY NEWSROOM, because nothing says thank-you like a slice of pepperoni. They deserve our thanks.
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A great video and many thank-yous from the Washington Post pizza day.

https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/videos/10154888867687293/
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A thank-you from Marty Baron. (Today was pizza day at the Washington Post.)

I want to express my thanks for the GoFundMe campaign that brought pizzas to The Washington Post today. The staff is very grateful, perhaps no one more so than me.

The pizza was terrific, of course, but the thought behind it meant more. You and the 450 donors were exceptionally generous and gracious to offer this display of support for the work of journalists at The Post and in other newsrooms.

We’ll keep doing our job, now with an extra lift from your kind gesture.

Regards,

Marty

Martin Baron
Executive Editor
The Washington Post
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Thank-yous from the San Francisco Chronicle


• What a nice thing to do! Thank you from San Francisco.
George Russell


• A San Francisco Chronicle reporter with a stuffed belly thanks you.
What a kind, brilliant idea. Thanks so much for organizing the pizza. Your brothers and sisters in journalism appreciate it.
David R. Baker


• Thank you so much for the lunch (and dinner for the night crew). If I hadn’t been on a conference call I would have shot a photo of the smiling faces lining up outside my office. They were super thrilled.
That was very kind of you.
Best wishes,
Audrey Cooper

• I could never have imagined people would donate to a gofundme campaign to feed journalists, but you did – and I am grateful. A great pick-me-up in a week where the president continues to undermine and denounce the truth and the fourth estate. Thanks.
Lois Kazakoff


• Thanks for the pizza, and for the thoughtful gesture to journalists!
Charles Desmarais


• As someone who's into newsroom pizza, Thank you!
Leah Garchik


• I’m a reporter at the SF Chronicle. Just wanted to shoot you a thank-you note for lunch today. You clearly know that the way to any journalist’s heart is pizza.
All the best,
Dom Fracass
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From the Dallas Morning News

"On behalf of The Dallas Morning News, thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. The staff enjoyed the pizzas and it brought smiles to the entire newsroom. Continue your good work, it is appreciated!"

Thank you.
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Deb Wells
27 months ago

Can you add the US division of The Guardian to your recipient list please? They've been trying to save us from ourselves since June.

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Hope Dlugozima
27 months ago

Of all the things I could have imagined about the Trump presidency, there are also things I could not have imagined...like this many people standing behind a free press. It's extraordinary. (and I second the request to send some of that pizza to the Guardian...they have been doing fine work.

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Mike Knobler
27 months ago

@Leah Whitesell. I worked with Kevin for seven years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I can vouch for him; he's a terrific guy. Of course, now you need someone to vouch for me. I'm not as good a guy as Kevin is.

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Rachel Simpson
27 months ago
9
9

And subscribe, everybody!

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Mike Knobler
27 months ago
7
7

I vote for spreading this to more newsrooms rather than giving more to the NYT and the WaPo. IRE and the ACLU are wonderful organizations, but donations to organizations doesn't strike me as what this is all about. As for the choice of newsrooms, I would suggest picking randomly; all like pizza, as our friend Bert pointed out, and the smaller ones where reporters make less money may be even more worthy of a slice. @Leah Whitesell: you're welcome. It's fitting on a gofundme about accountability that you want to hold the fundraiser accountable for the use of the raised funds.

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Milan Karol
27 months ago
7
7

Ny times. WAPO. Reuters. The Guardian. Feed them. Take the remaining $ and give it to a group like the ACLU with a track record of protecting a free press.

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Nichole Lolly Lehmann
27 months ago
7
7

Have you delivered any pizzas yet? Can you post photos? I'd love to know how they feel about it! They deserve it!

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Jason Turgeon
27 months ago
5
5

I'd suggest buying pizza for the newsrooms of the original 2 organizations, plus a few other groups. US newsroom of the Guardian, for sure. Maybe their main London office can get curry? How about the NPR news staff? ProPublica? The Intercept? Boston Globe or other more regional outlets? If there is simply too much money left over after buying pizza for these places, I'd support a donation of the remainder to a nonprofit news org like ProPublica or the Center for Investigative Journalism, ICIJ, etc. Thanks for setting this up!

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Andrea Maier
27 months ago
4
4

Why close? Keep adding papers. What about the "littler guys" like Mother Jones, The Nation, etc.

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Anne Swardson
27 months ago
3
3

Can we add the Dallas Morning News please? They had the courage to go against decades of tradition and endorse Hillary.

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Rosalind Tedford
27 months ago
3
3

Could we send a bit of love to Teen Vogue, too?? They have been ROCKING the political reporting.

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Jennifer Ann
27 months ago
3
3

I think opening this up to other news outlets, and not just the big ones, would be fantastic. There are a lot of regional and local journos doing great work as well. If that starts to get difficult (obviously many to choose from) i think you could stick with WashPo, NYT, and i agree with the suggestions regarding the Guardian, and maybe donate the rest to an organization that supports ans defends journalists.

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Leah Whitesell
27 months ago
3
3

I am concerned that the campaign organizer, Kevin Austin, is who he says he is and these funds will be properly allocated. Kevin, you are not even facebook verified. Will someone from the newspapers be collecting the funds? Thank you in advance for providing this information to us..

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Mary DuMont Brower
27 months ago
2
2

Include Dallas Morning News! A blue town in a red state! Thanks!

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Eileen Joyce
27 months ago
2
2

I love this idea, but I would also make a plea to take a few extra dollars and subscribe to your local newspaper. Most of the awesome journalists at the New York Times and the Washington Post got their starts in community newsrooms and those newspapers are suffering the most from readership and subscription declines. So take the time and money to show your support on the local level, too. You'll ensure the next generation of national reporters will be ready.

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Deirdre Good
27 months ago
2
2

It would be wonderful if we could get pizza to journos at small newspapers around the country. I know local ones here in NY: New York Amsterdam News; Staten Island Live, for example. Other suggestions?

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Cathy Sunshine
27 months ago
2
2

I agree with previous posters about including The Guardian, as well as a selection of medium-size and smaller newspapers. I would not bring in the ACLU or other non-journalism organizations lest you dilute the special message of this campaign. In any case, the ACLU has raised so much money in the last month that I doubt they know what to do with it all.

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Kathy Patrick
27 months ago
2
2

Add newsrooms: The Guardian UK (Sara Kendzior) and the LA Times (Max Boot).

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Leah Whitesell
27 months ago
2
2

Thanks Mike Knobler.

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Todd Davis
27 months ago
1
1

It figures I would flub that thanks. We all need proofreaders. Hopefully the sentiment was conveyed and received.

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Anne Sherman
27 months ago
$10
Mary Brower
27 months ago
3
3

Keep up the good work--you know what's at stake!

NK
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Neill Kovash
27 months ago

Keep at it!!

$10
Anonymous
27 months ago
MM
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Melisaa Mitchell
27 months ago
MD
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Maria D'Errico
27 months ago
AI
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Andrea Ipsaro
27 months ago
CS
$5
Christine Schmidt
27 months ago

Thank you!! Enjoy!

ER
$20
Elise Rueff
27 months ago
$40
Anonymous
27 months ago
1
1
Deb Wells
27 months ago

Can you add the US division of The Guardian to your recipient list please? They've been trying to save us from ourselves since June.

+ Read More
Hope Dlugozima
27 months ago

Of all the things I could have imagined about the Trump presidency, there are also things I could not have imagined...like this many people standing behind a free press. It's extraordinary. (and I second the request to send some of that pizza to the Guardian...they have been doing fine work.

+ Read More
Mike Knobler
27 months ago

@Leah Whitesell. I worked with Kevin for seven years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I can vouch for him; he's a terrific guy. Of course, now you need someone to vouch for me. I'm not as good a guy as Kevin is.

+ Read More
Rachel Simpson
27 months ago
9
9

And subscribe, everybody!

+ Read More
Mike Knobler
27 months ago
7
7

I vote for spreading this to more newsrooms rather than giving more to the NYT and the WaPo. IRE and the ACLU are wonderful organizations, but donations to organizations doesn't strike me as what this is all about. As for the choice of newsrooms, I would suggest picking randomly; all like pizza, as our friend Bert pointed out, and the smaller ones where reporters make less money may be even more worthy of a slice. @Leah Whitesell: you're welcome. It's fitting on a gofundme about accountability that you want to hold the fundraiser accountable for the use of the raised funds.

+ Read More
Milan Karol
27 months ago
7
7

Ny times. WAPO. Reuters. The Guardian. Feed them. Take the remaining $ and give it to a group like the ACLU with a track record of protecting a free press.

+ Read More
Nichole Lolly Lehmann
27 months ago
7
7

Have you delivered any pizzas yet? Can you post photos? I'd love to know how they feel about it! They deserve it!

+ Read More
Jason Turgeon
27 months ago
5
5

I'd suggest buying pizza for the newsrooms of the original 2 organizations, plus a few other groups. US newsroom of the Guardian, for sure. Maybe their main London office can get curry? How about the NPR news staff? ProPublica? The Intercept? Boston Globe or other more regional outlets? If there is simply too much money left over after buying pizza for these places, I'd support a donation of the remainder to a nonprofit news org like ProPublica or the Center for Investigative Journalism, ICIJ, etc. Thanks for setting this up!

+ Read More
Andrea Maier
27 months ago
4
4

Why close? Keep adding papers. What about the "littler guys" like Mother Jones, The Nation, etc.

+ Read More
Anne Swardson
27 months ago
3
3

Can we add the Dallas Morning News please? They had the courage to go against decades of tradition and endorse Hillary.

+ Read More
Rosalind Tedford
27 months ago
3
3

Could we send a bit of love to Teen Vogue, too?? They have been ROCKING the political reporting.

+ Read More
Jennifer Ann
27 months ago
3
3

I think opening this up to other news outlets, and not just the big ones, would be fantastic. There are a lot of regional and local journos doing great work as well. If that starts to get difficult (obviously many to choose from) i think you could stick with WashPo, NYT, and i agree with the suggestions regarding the Guardian, and maybe donate the rest to an organization that supports ans defends journalists.

+ Read More
Leah Whitesell
27 months ago
3
3

I am concerned that the campaign organizer, Kevin Austin, is who he says he is and these funds will be properly allocated. Kevin, you are not even facebook verified. Will someone from the newspapers be collecting the funds? Thank you in advance for providing this information to us..

+ Read More
Mary DuMont Brower
27 months ago
2
2

Include Dallas Morning News! A blue town in a red state! Thanks!

+ Read More
Eileen Joyce
27 months ago
2
2

I love this idea, but I would also make a plea to take a few extra dollars and subscribe to your local newspaper. Most of the awesome journalists at the New York Times and the Washington Post got their starts in community newsrooms and those newspapers are suffering the most from readership and subscription declines. So take the time and money to show your support on the local level, too. You'll ensure the next generation of national reporters will be ready.

+ Read More
Deirdre Good
27 months ago
2
2

It would be wonderful if we could get pizza to journos at small newspapers around the country. I know local ones here in NY: New York Amsterdam News; Staten Island Live, for example. Other suggestions?

+ Read More
Cathy Sunshine
27 months ago
2
2

I agree with previous posters about including The Guardian, as well as a selection of medium-size and smaller newspapers. I would not bring in the ACLU or other non-journalism organizations lest you dilute the special message of this campaign. In any case, the ACLU has raised so much money in the last month that I doubt they know what to do with it all.

+ Read More
Kathy Patrick
27 months ago
2
2

Add newsrooms: The Guardian UK (Sara Kendzior) and the LA Times (Max Boot).

+ Read More
Leah Whitesell
27 months ago
2
2

Thanks Mike Knobler.

+ Read More
Todd Davis
27 months ago
1
1

It figures I would flub that thanks. We all need proofreaders. Hopefully the sentiment was conveyed and received.

+ Read More
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