Hi everyone! For my 23rd birthday this year, I'm running a marathon to support the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which provides free legal services for journalists across the country.
I was lucky enough to intern for the Reporters Committee in 2019, and again (albeit remotely) this spring and summer. There are so many things I love about the organization: how it has helped reporters navigate public records issues amid the coronavirus pandemic, how it's provided resources and legal help for journalists covering the Black Lives Matter protests, and how it's stepped up to address so many other critical and timely challenges just this year.
Even as the Reporters Committee stands as the leading press freedom advoocacy organization in the country, it's still growing — and I’m so inspired by how the Reporters Committee is expanding in an effort to better serve local journalists, freelancers, and especially journalists of color.
My plan: On the morning of November 14th, I’ll run the marathon on a route I’ve designed in my hometown of Coronado, California. My goal is to raise $2,620 dollars, or $100 a mile. So if you are able and willing to consider sponsoring part of a mile, or a mile, or more to support my marathon and the Reporters Committee, I would be so thankful. As my favorite poet Adrienne Rich once wrote — this is a mantra I often repeat to myself on my training runs — “Nothing can be done/but by inches,” so every dollar counts, and I would endlessly appreciate anything you are willing to contribute.
I also hope my marathon, and the weeks leading up to it, are an opportunity to start a conversation in my broader circles about why a strong, independent, uninhibited, and inclusive press is crucial to our democracy and its ability to endure. This is multifaceted issue; it predates and transcends the current occupant of the White House. So if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be hearing from some thoughtful people I’m so lucky to call my friends — who specialize in different fields, and who think about the world in a variety of ways — about why press freedom matters to them, and how high-quality journalism is critical to their lives.
If you want to learn more about the Reporters Committee, please follow them on Twitter (@rcfp) or Instagram (@reporterscommittee), and visit rcfp.org.
Thanks so much for reading — Let's do this!