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Like you, we are drowning in the viral news cycle and bombarded by online algorithms that try to predict our every want, interest, and friend—and even determine the stories we read.

The social media bubble is distorting our perspective. We are told to balance our news input, but this often just means looking at the other side of the same coin. The opinions change, but the news stay the same.

This newsletter is interested in the blind spots of the Information Age and mass media—and the urgent work needed to fill them.

What doesn’t go viral? What can’t algorithms predict? What is being left out?

There are many topics that journalism today overlooks. This newsletter will focus primarily on two: local life and state governments. We won't be focusing on one town or state. Instead, we will scan for trends and unearth clues to new paradigms (examples below).

When we all look in the same direction, our collective perspective narrows, and, as a public, we become more easily taken by surprise. These times demand more.

So what are we to do?


A simple, straightforward thing we can do is decentralize where we get some of our information.

To do that, the Ear to the Ground newsletter is focusing on two under-appreciated sources of information: local newspapers and state legislatures. The newsletter will mine these and other, less-frequented, sources of information and report back… to you!

Did you know some sheriffs use mandatory checkpoints to collect drivers’ identities? Have you stayed up-to-date with the avalanche of regressive state bills that were passed into law, so far this year? Did you know that some drought-stricken states are beginning to control where it rains by “seeding” clouds with airplanes? Are you aware of the many lawsuits being brought by large private corporations against local governments? Did you know that shady billionaires are astonishingly close to calling an official national constitutional convention of states, which would be the first since 1787? Have you seen how they’re using this as leverage to lobby Congress? Have you heard about the new state-level anti-domestic terrorism laws? What about the crackdown on disenfranchised youth street “gangs”? The immigration laws being passed and proposed by state legislatures? The attacks on local and state ballot initiative processes (which are an increasingly important tool for popular social movements)? The local ballot initiatives being proposed across the country? The accelerating corporatization of detention center and jail healthcare services? Texas’s draconian anti-sanctuary city law? What about the laws that help state legislatures takeover public school districts, or, better yet, entire local governments? Are you staying in touch with the massive municipal debt crisis in the USA, and its countless effects and symptoms? Are you aware that many state legislatures are cracking down on municipal governments’ power to pass laws and tax wealth? How about local privatization of government services, and the counter efforts to municipalize services? Did you know that some states are rescinding their financial support for local newspapers?

But there's also good news.

Subscribe to learn more and receive essential civic intelligence directly to your inbox! Keep your Ear to the Ground! The world is changing.

Where we are coming from.

We are not proposing more muckraking journalism. Though indispensible, the muckraking paradigm tends to focus on scandals, wrongdoing and egregious examples of injustice. We are interested in trends, which often only gain the attention of media outlets after the fact, or when a particularly engaging example can be profiled.

The 21st century demands new forms of information gathering and civic intelligence, to track the world as it emerges, so we are better prepared to fight for the world we want. With the help of you and some of your friends, we can make a modest, though important, contribution to this vital task.

Subscribe today! Spread the word!

What you can expect.

For as little as $5/month you will receive two briefings per month. There will be lots of stories, but they won't be long—they will be short paragraphs, so you can get on with your day.

Subscribe, it’s cheaper than a Subway sandwich!

We imagine our audience to include:

-organizers in search of strategic information
-people who want to get to the POINT ALREADY!
-journalists interested in under-reported stories
-humble citizens of the world
-public interest attorneys and organizations
-local and state politicians
-people like you.

What we will do with the money.

-subscribe to local newspapers
-support researchers and editors
-advertise online and in local newspapers
-and more.

Our final pitch:

Corporate intelligence services cost thousands of dollars, and government intelligence agencies rarely publish their findings. People acting in the public interest need an affordable alternative!

Please give what you can. We want to make the service available to a wide audience, for $5/month. However, larger contributions will be instrumental in helping us grow and improve the service for you and everyone else. Your money will be quickly put to work.

Try us out for a few months—you can always cancel.

We promise original reporting, dinner table conversation starters and information your algorithm won’t tell you!

So tell your friends!


You can get in touch with us with any comments or suggestions: [email protected]
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Thank you for your interest in Read the Dirt’s exclusive Ear to the Ground newsletter!

Like you, we are drowning in the viral news cycle and bombarded by online algorithms that try to predict our every want, interest, and friend—and even determine the stories we read.

The social media bubble is distorting our perspective. We are told to balance our news input, but this often just means looking at the other side of the same coin. The opinions change, but the news stay the same.

This newsletter is interested in the blind spots of the Information Age and mass media—and the urgent work needed to fill them.

What doesn’t go viral? What can’t algorithms predict? What is being left out?

There are many topics that journalism today overlooks. This newsletter will focus primarily on two: local life and state governments. We won't be focusing on one town or state. Instead, we will scan for trends and unearth clues to new paradigms (examples below).

When we all look in the same direction, our collective perspective narrows, and, as a public, we become more easily taken by surprise. These times demand more.

So what are we to do?


A simple, straightforward thing we can do is decentralize where we get some of our information.

To do that, the Ear to the Ground newsletter is focusing on two under-appreciated sources of information: local newspapers and state legislatures. The newsletter will mine these and other, less-frequented, sources of information and report back… to you!

Did you know some sheriffs use mandatory checkpoints to collect drivers’ identities? Have you stayed up-to-date with the avalanche of regressive state bills that were passed into law, so far this year? Did you know that some drought-stricken states are beginning to control where it rains by “seeding” clouds with airplanes? Are you aware of the many lawsuits being brought by large private corporations against local governments? Did you know that shady billionaires are astonishingly close to calling an official national constitutional convention of states, which would be the first since 1787? Have you seen how they’re using this as leverage to lobby Congress? Have you heard about the new state-level anti-domestic terrorism laws? What about the crackdown on disenfranchised youth street “gangs”? The immigration laws being passed and proposed by state legislatures? The attacks on local and state ballot initiative processes (which are an increasingly important tool for popular social movements)? The local ballot initiatives being proposed across the country? The accelerating corporatization of detention center and jail healthcare services? Texas’s draconian anti-sanctuary city law? What about the laws that help state legislatures takeover public school districts, or, better yet, entire local governments? Are you staying in touch with the massive municipal debt crisis in the USA, and its countless effects and symptoms? Are you aware that many state legislatures are cracking down on municipal governments’ power to pass laws and tax wealth? How about local privatization of government services, and the counter efforts to municipalize services? Did you know that some states are rescinding their financial support for local newspapers?

But there's also good news.

Subscribe to learn more and receive essential civic intelligence directly to your inbox! Keep your Ear to the Ground! The world is changing.

Where we are coming from.

We are not proposing more muckraking journalism. Though indispensible, the muckraking paradigm tends to focus on scandals, wrongdoing and egregious examples of injustice. We are interested in trends, which often only gain the attention of media outlets after the fact, or when a particularly engaging example can be profiled.

The 21st century demands new forms of information gathering and civic intelligence, to track the world as it emerges, so we are better prepared to fight for the world we want. With the help of you and some of your friends, we can make a modest, though important, contribution to this vital task.

Subscribe today! Spread the word!

What you can expect.

For as little as $5/month you will receive two briefings per month. There will be lots of stories, but they won't be long—they will be short paragraphs, so you can get on with your day.

Subscribe, it’s cheaper than a Subway sandwich!

We imagine our audience to include:

-organizers in search of strategic information
-people who want to get to the POINT ALREADY!
-journalists interested in under-reported stories
-humble citizens of the world
-public interest attorneys and organizations
-local and state politicians
-people like you.

What we will do with the money.

-subscribe to local newspapers
-support researchers and editors
-advertise online and in local newspapers
-and more.

Our final pitch:

Corporate intelligence services cost thousands of dollars, and government intelligence agencies rarely publish their findings. People acting in the public interest need an affordable alternative!

Please give what you can. We want to make the service available to a wide audience, for $5/month. However, larger contributions will be instrumental in helping us grow and improve the service for you and everyone else. Your money will be quickly put to work.

Try us out for a few months—you can always cancel.

We promise original reporting, dinner table conversation starters and information your algorithm won’t tell you!

So tell your friends!


You can get in touch with us with any comments or suggestions: [email protected]

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You will receive the Ear to the Ground exclusive newsletter!
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Give what you can. Funds will help us grow and improve the information service for you and everyone else. You will receive the Ear to the Ground exclusive newsletter!
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$27 or more per month 3 patrons
It would be great if our average donation was $27. Give what you can. Funds will be used to advertise the newsletter and support researchers. You will receive the Ear to the Ground exclusive newsletter!
Defender of Civic Intel
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You see the urgency of this moment. Funds will allow us to hire researchers and to market the newsletter. You will receive the Ear to the Ground exclusive newsletter!
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Your support is instrumental. Funds will allow us to support researchers, market the newsletter and advertise in local newspapers. You will receive the Ear to the Ground exclusive newsletter!