HOW SENDING NEWSROOMS PIZZA BECAME A GRAND JOURNALISTIC TRADITION
“Pizza for the Newsroom,” a shot-from-the-hip fundraiser idea started by journalist Kevin S. Austin, had an initial goal of $2,000. The hook: send pies to publications, namely those doggedly covering the current scandal-ridden presidency, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Austin, a former editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, realized that journalists assigned to the Trump transition were constantly pushing late hours to make deadline on breaking stories (how about that Russian hacking scandal?). In two days, the donors blew through that target, clocking in at over $7,800. Obviously, the sentiment that the Fourth Estate needed some fuel to keep up the good work resonated with the fundraiser’s 449 backers.
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