Donation opportunities range from $10 to $5,000. Here is where people would donate:
The back story:
Last year, The Huffington Post approached us with the loan of a reporter, Mariah Stewart. Mariah is a young, local African-American journalist who was covering Ferguson on her own until the HuffPost adopted her. They crowd-funded her salary as a Ferguson Fellow.
With her editors being in D.C., they wanted a local newsroom for her to work out of, and they approached us. With our very small staff and limited resources, of course we accepted a free reporter. We have enjoyed having Mariah in our newsroom, and she has done a lot of good work for us.
HuffPost has now started a new crowd-funding campaign to renew her fellowship. If they meet their goal, they will keep Mariah on their staff in Ferguson -- and in our newsroom. If they can't fund her fellowship again this way, they will try to move her onto their national team in D.C. -- and we will lose her.
Thanks for any support, and feel free to share with anyone in your network who might be supportive.
The St. Louis American
The most-read story on our site right now is Mariah's profile of Bradley Rayford, the Flo Valley student who became a nationally awarded photojournalist by showing up in Ferguson with his camera:
Some other recent Mariah Stewart stories:
Ameren commits $2.5M to Ferguson Commission 'signature priorities'
State hears testimony on police training
Normandy gets police accredited
Public nuisance bill defeated