Dear Friends of The Open Notebook,
This summer a reader told us: “TON is literally responsible for my entire freelance science writing career. My first (and still most stable!) gig was sparked by a profile of an editor on TON, and the advice and Pitch Database have been invaluable to me. It would be hard to overstate how much I appreciate your work.”
Of course, reading this made our day—but it also echoed emails and tweets and comments that we hear again and again: that The Open Notebook is a classroom, a community, and an invaluable source of support. That TON matters.
We believe our work matters now more than ever. Science journalism (like science) has never been more essential than today—or more under attack. There’s only one way for science journalists to survive and thrive in the midst of the extraordinary intensity of forces they face: to be extremely good at what they do. The Open Notebook is the only publication dedicated to providing science journalists with tools to sharpen their skills. Since launching TON seven years ago, we’ve published almost 350 articles and have had some 450,000 unique visitors from almost every country in the world. About 12,000 people visit The Open Notebook every month.
To help science writers improve their craft, we need our readers’ help. This year, you can double or even triple your impact when you make a tax-deductible contribution to The Open Notebook. From now through December 31, an anonymous donor will match all contributions to TON (up to a total of $5,000). And if you commit to making a recurring donation, the first three months’ worth of your gift will be matched 2:1. In other words, your contribution will triple in value.