Last week RI Future demonstrated the power of journalism.
In Cranston, the City Council abandoned a proposed rule that they hoped would have given them discretion over who records their meetings. The issue stemmed from an incident when Council President Michael Farina asked RI Future reporter Steve Ahlquist (me) not to video a meeting.
Meanwhile, in the East Bay, the Bristol/Warren School Committee sent back to its Policy Subcommittee a proposed policy on school lunch debt five days after a RI Future post by Bob Plain highlighted the issue of lunch shaming.
These are only two examples of how the reporting by RI Future drives powerful change – not only at the State House and with the Congressional delegation – but also in cities and towns all across Rhode Island.
But in the end, we’re only two guys with computers covering a state with a million people in it. Sure, we get occasional help from a great cadre of part-time contributors, but when we divide the money we take home by the hours we work, we’re looking at $3.45 an hour in April.
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