Documented is a news site devoted solely to covering New York City’s immigrants and the policies that affect their lives.
We’re launching at a time of radical upheaval in the American immigration system, and amid a correspondingly heightened interest in immigration news. The resulting, high-volume coverage mix has been both revelatory and confusing, often blurring lines between old and new policy.
Documented will cover and promote the crucial stories.
Immigration policy is set at a federal level, but its effects are local. We intend to put the people who are affected by these policies at the center of our coverage and to be a source of reliable, fair and original information for anyone with an interest in this topic.
We’ll provide original reporting on the ground-level impact of shifts in labor policy, law-enforcement practices and bureaucratic requirements, and on the effects of new federal directives on this most global American city. And we’ll keep you updated on the most important news from elsewhere.
Documented is a reader-supported publication that is launching with help from Civil, a new platform that utilizes the blockchain to create a better ecosystem for original journalism. We chose to team up with Civil for two reasons: 1) Publishing our stories on the blockchain will allow them to be permanently archived in an immutable, decentralized network and protected from censorship or attacks; 2) The blockchain will facilitate a governance structure that rewards quality journalism and holds our newsroom accountable solely to readers. This is made possible by the Civil protocol, which enforces the ethical journalism standards set forth in the Civil Constitution.
We want to hear from you about what we should be covering, and how we should be covering it, so please reach out to us with suggestions and tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please sign-up for our daily newsletter and for information about our publication here. If you’d like to know more about our team, read this.
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Documented was founded with the goal of making sure the people affected by our stories were also the people reading them. Immigration reporting is often extractive and isn’t produced or published with the main protagonists as the intended audience. Through our reporting and out outreach via WhatsApp, we’ve created award-winning journalism that is created with and for New York’s immigrant communities. This work is not easy and it is not cheap. Consider becoming a member today to help fuel this work. By joining the Documented Community, you can not help only provide us with the financial freedom needed to fulfill our mission but also meet others who are passionate about immigration in the New York area. Become a member today.