I had the good fortune this weekend to spend some time with friends and family and unplug my brain for a bit, so of course, I wound up thinking about work. Specifically, I wound up chewing on the fact that I have been with Truthout for nearly ten years now. In my last article, I ran through a long list of everything that has happened in the world during those years, but my list wasn’t nearly complete. Needless to say, it has been a long, hard road, and I realized this weekend that without Truthout, I very likely would have simply lost my mind.
I’m not just an employee, see. I’m a reader, too, just like you, and Truthout has kept me informed, inspired, and made me a better person. There have been quite a few changes at Truthout over the years – some new faces have come aboard to join the old salts like me, our site is now almost entirely devoted to original content rather than simply reprinting stories from other news organizations, and we recently made the near-unanimous group decision to become a Union shop – but one thing has not changed: our devotion to you, our readers, and to providing quality news reporting and commentary on the issues of the day. Our integrity in this regard is due entirely to your generosity; we have no corporate sponsorship whatsoever, and and function entirely on donations from our readership and a couple of small grants.
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William Rivers Pitt