Pizza for the Newsroom
$7,819 of $2,000 goal
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)
Associated Press, Washington bureau
The Guardian, Washington bureau
Los Angeles Times Washington bureau
Reuters, Washington bureau
The Boston Globe
Dallas Morning News
CNN Washington bureau
The New Yorker
The David Pakman Show
The Young Turks
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.
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.
The Washington Post
• What a nice thing to do! Thank you from San Francisco.
• 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.
• 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.
• Thanks for the pizza, and for the thoughtful gesture to journalists!
• As someone who's into newsroom pizza, Thank you!
• 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,
"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!"
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.
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.
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!
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.
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..
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.
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.