The (good) one percenters

The (good) one percenters r1 ... Narwhal staffers hold up a Narwhal-branded surfboard.
Wow. It’s been a wild couple of weeks. First, we picked up four nominations for awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists. Then this week we earned five nominations from the National Magazine Awards and three from the Digital Publishing Awards.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s all real. Thanks to thousands of readers like you, we’ve proven that journalism that puts people before profit can succeed.

But here’s the thing: producing award-winning investigative journalism takes an extraordinary investment of time and money. And there are so many more stories waiting to be told.

We want to publish three more groundbreaking investigations this year, but to do so we need to sign up 500 new members by the end of May. Will you help make The Narwhal’s investigative journalism possible?

Instead of giving you a laundry list of all of this year’s award-worthy stories, I want to tell you about just one. Hilary Beaumont’s investigation into the mistreatment of migrant farmworkers in Ontario has received not one, not two, but three award nods. It took an inside look at the true costs borne by those producing Canada’s fruits and vegetables: farmworkers’ skin peeling off from chemicals, COVID-19 outbreaks, cramped dorms.
farmworkers are seen outside a greenhouse in Ontario
Interviews with more than 30 migrant workers, a visit to a bunkhouse and analysis of complaint data and inspection reports reveal a system that repeatedly fails to keep workers safe.

What maybe isn’t immediately clear with a story like Hilary’s is just how much it costs to produce. Between reporting, photography, editing, fact-checking and promoting, pulling off a story like that takes many months and costs us close to $25,000.

If just one per cent of the people who receive this email become a member, we’ll be able to produce three new ambitious investigations this year.
YES, I’LL SUPPORT INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM There are no two ways about it: investigative journalism is expensive. And that prevents many cash-strapped newsrooms from investing in the type of journalism the world needs, instead pumping out polarizing clickbait that draws eyeballs for advertisers.

Help create the kind of journalism the world needs by becoming a member of The Narwhal for any amount you can afford. Bonus: sign up today and you’ll receive a magazine packed full of The Narwhal’s award-worthy stories from the past year.

The Narwhal exists to harness the power of journalism to bridge divides, so that a diverse and growing chorus of people are able to hold power to account. We are able to focus on this mission to make the world a better place through our journalism because of the outstanding generosity of our readers.

But we need 500 of you to step up today to make more of this type of journalism possible. If you believe in fearless, independent journalism, please become a member for any amount you can afford today.

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief

P.S. Bonus: all new members today will get a copy of our beautiful annual print edition, featuring Hilary’s award-nominated coverage! Please join the one per cent of readers who make our work possible.
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