In 2018, what began as Midwest Energy News evolved into the Energy News Network, a national news service covering the transition to a clean energy economy, published right here at Fresh Energy.
Operational support from the MacArthur Foundation helped us hire two new staff members at the end of 2017 — managing editor Dan Haugen and partnership coordinator Martina Holmes. This year we made another great addition to our team, Lani Hanson, who serves in the new role of production editor.
In March, new funding from the Barr Foundation in Boston enabled us to hire three new reporters to cover New England, and we received renewed commitments from funders in North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Minnesota and other key states. We now have 15 freelance journalists providing regular updates from 22 states, with a goal of expanding that reach even further in the coming years.
Also this year, the Energy News Network was one of six nonprofit newsrooms selected to participate in a pilot project with the Associated Press, facilitated by the Institute for Nonprofit News. More than a dozen of our stories have been distributed via the AP wire service to newsrooms around the country and republished by local news organizations along with national sites like the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.
Our reporters continue to tell great stories that might not otherwise be picked up by other media outlets, including:
- Exploring how clean energy is becoming a winning issue for Republicans in North Carolina
- Uncovering an effort by Ohio leaders to shift coal mine cleanup money to the state’s general fund
- Elevating a groundbreaking Lakota wind project in South Dakota and distributing the story nationwide through tribal media outlets
- Raising attention to the gender gap in the renewable energy industry
- Highlighting how grassroots efforts are bringing clean energy to an overlooked Chicago neighborhood
You can help make the Energy News Network even stronger. Through the end of December, NewsMatch will be doubling all contributions up to $1,000. While we are primarily foundation supported, reader support helps us be more responsive to events on the ground and weather ups and downs in funding cycles.
On behalf of our entire team at the Energy News Network, thanks for reading, and thank you for your support.