The Guardian is now funded by more than 800,000 advocates from more than 140 countries. Half a million readers are subscribers or members, or give to us on a monthly basis, while over the past 12 months we’ve received another 300,000 individual contributions from readers all over the world. We are also ensure strong sales of our publish Guardian and Observer newspapers.
We are encouraged and cheered by the hundreds of thousands of you who are supporting our journalism. In the last year alone, the number of readers who support us regularly has more than doubled; and we now receive more income from our readers than we do from advertisers. This is a significant step.
We will continue to rely and build on this in the year ahead, as our objective is with your help to reach many thousands more supporters, and sustain that support in the long term so we can keep investing in quality investigative journalism. The Guardian’s unique ownership structure safeguards our editorial independence from commercial or political interference and means we can reinvest any fund we receive into this journalism that are important so much.
We haven’t put up a paywall. Instead, we want to remain a strong, progressive force-out that is open for all. So we need many more of our readers to fund the Guardian: join them and supporting independent, quality journalism.
When you stand with us you empower our journalists and inform the style we approach stories and topics. Your participation helps us produce the run we are most proud of- here are some examples from the past few months.
We have uncovered the risks and responsibilities that social media bring to our societies in our investigative series the Facebook Files, and published a number of stories about the worrying relationships between big data, billionaires and whether our democratic processes are being gamed by algorithm. Most recently, we reported on the concerned technology workers now disconnecting themselves from the internet.
The Guardian has continued to invest in our coverage of the US presidency. Nearly one year on from his election, Donald Trump disregards the constitution, offends friends, and attacks minorities, the powerless, and those who are holding him to account.
In the year that Trump withdrew the US from the UN’s Paris climate change bargain, your contributions also helped us to bolster our environmental reporting: we significantly increased the size of our reporting squad, and undertook a reporting project funded by readers, This Land is Your Land . Through our global defenders project, we are tracking the deaths of everyone who dies defending the environment over the next year, and we have violated many exclusive tales in this area.
Our in-depth reporting of the world of sport continues to make a significant impact, with our revelations on racism allegations in the England women’s football squad and an exclusive report from Ethiopia exposing how athletes were being treated” like slaves” by wealthy nations, while the issue of doping in British cycling was brought to illumination through our investigation.
Throughout the year, our specialist Brexit squad have worked closely with our world-class correspondents in parliament and across Europe, and our readers across the continent too, sharing the personal and the policy implications of this historical move.
In Australia, we continue to publish the very best journalism that we can, despite a stunning absence of the assistance provided from the Australian government at these difficult times for media organisations.
We have maintained our focus on the subjects underreported elsewhere: in Beyond the Blade, we tell the stories of every person under 20 killed by a knife in Britain, challenging the stereotyped position of this crime; our New Arrivals refugee series has disclosed the reality of journeying from Syria to Europe; and we continue to report shocking and important tales from offshore detention centresin Australia.
Together we are doing crucial run. But advertising revenues continue to decline, with technology giants such as Facebook and Google predominating the digital ad space, and publish ad falling for most publishings too.
Now more than ever, the world requires progressive journalism, have undertaken to facts and helping readers make sense of the world.
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