Birthdays always get you thinking about the future.
Civil Beat just turned 6 years old. And we’ve been thinking a lot about how we’ve grown, and how we can continue to evolve in the next six years and beyond.
One thing we’ve learned: As journalists, we can make a difference. We’ve shown that thoughtful explanatory and investigative reporting often sparks more robust community debate on important policy issues. Our findings are regularly cited by key political and civic leaders. More and more, our work is showing up in reports and studies and even being written into legislation as the basis for reform efforts.