Women and LGBTQ+ people make up more than half of the American electorate and are more engaged than ever in politics. Yet they remain marginalized in government and executive ranks. They are also underrepresented in newsroom leadership, influencing what stories are told, whose voices are elevated and how we write our national narrative. The 19th aims to level the playing field with free-to-consume and free-to-republish journalism, evidence-based reporting, a digital platform for community building, and a newsroom that reflects the nation's diversity. With your support, we'll scale our small but mighty start-up by doubling our reporting capacity, investing in sophisticated distribution technology and introducing a groundbreaking fellowship program to train and job-place the next generation of journalists from underrepresented communities. The 19th will change how the news is reported and presented for women and LGBTQ+ people by reforming how the news business works.
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Two years ago, The 19th set out to reimagine politics and policy journalism through the lens of those traditionally left at the margins of mainstream news. We’re doing that by revolutionizing who owns those narratives — by hiring a newsroom that’s truly representative of the communities we’re working to serve, and encouraging those journalists to bring their full lived experiences to the storytelling. We now have hundreds of thousands of people reading stories on our website, in our newsletters and across our social channels every month. In the last year alone, our stories have been viewed by nearly 2 million additional people through the websites of community newsrooms and Spanish-language media. And, we’re launching yearlong journalism fellowships for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — with $70,000-a-year salaries, full health and retirement benefits, and post-fellowship job placement support — in partnership with Howard University’s new Center for Journalism and Democracy.