Join the evolution

When we first launched, we talked about Matter as a revolution of local news. But, as we’ve grown, we’ve realized it’s not a revolution but an evolution. We’re not suddenly overthrowing a system. Rather, we’re taking what works in traditional journalism and combining it with carefully crafted changes to make our journalism more accessible and impactful. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Local news needs to evolve, and Matter is that next evolution. With innovative reporting and an accessible, nonprofit model, we’re upping the local news game, and you can play a role.

Join the evolution by donating below or make your donation more impactful by becoming a Matter Member. (Simply choose to make your donation recurring monthly.) Want to know how we keep things above board? Read our donor transparency policy. And don’t forget: All donations are tax-deductible!

NOTE: Grey Matter Media, the parent organization for Matter, is fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News and as such, INN accepts donations via PayPal on our behalf.


Membership levels

Matter membership comes with a few goodies, depending on how much you donate. The amounts are on a monthly basis, but “What it could fund” is based on monthly donations for a year. To become a member, just choose “Make this a monthly donation” here.

$1

(up to $9.99)

WHAT YOU GET

Bimonthly members-only newsletter + Free Matter Sticker

WHAT IT COULD FUND IN A YEAR

Fees for getting public records (because they can and do charge for that 😒)

$10

(up to $19.99)

WHAT YOU GET

Newsletter + Sticker + Free Matter T-Shirt + A shout-out on social media

WHAT IT COULD FUND

Renting video or audio equipment for a day 🎥

$20

(up to $49.99)

WHAT YOU GET

Newsletter + sticker + shirt + Coffee with Matter (an event where you can talk one-on-one with reporters and editors)

WHAT IT COULD FUND

A written explainer ✍🏾
(like this one on gentrification)

$50

(and beyond)

WHAT YOU GET

Newsletter + sticker + shirt+
Early registration for Matter events

WHAT IT COULD FUND

Rental of a venue for events like round-table discussions, documentary screenings and more


Why are we nonprofit?

As a nonprofit, we rely on donations from invested residents to keep producing quality, investigative journalism. We always want to keep our coverage free and open to the public, so no one is barred from accessing critical information about their lives based on income. 

But that means we need help from those who can invest in ensuring we know exactly what is going on in this city we all call home. Your generous, tax-deductible donation of any amount is highly appreciated.


So… who exactly are you?

Welcome to Matter. We’re a team of journalists, filmmakers, writers, policy innovators and creators, with each bringing unique perspectives on how to evolve local journalism.

Our content is sparked by issues directly impacting the central Ohio area, allowing us to provide in-depth, investigative stories happening all around you. At Matter, we listen first: The issues we focus on don’t start in the newsroom, but instead in the community. We focus on specific issues, such as infant mortality or economic segregation, instead of general topics, such as crime or healthcare. This targeted approach allows our reporters and editor to dive deeper, to explain more of the nuance and context and to cultivate a deeper understanding of what they’re covering. 

We also believe in telling any story the best way it can be told, and so we work to provide a range of digital content including photography, animated videos, article, documentaries, interactive tools and more. Our formats are tailored story by story to ensure comprehension, engagement, accessibility and empowerment for the Columbus community and beyond.

Our stories start with you. Have a pitch you’d like Matter to address? Email hello@matternews.org.

Meet the team


Anna Siriano
 
DevelopUS Reporter
 
Managing Director, DevelopUS Editor
Emily Evans
Director of Community Outreach
Managing Director, Managing Editor

Grey Matter Media

Matter is a publication of Grey Matter Media, a local, independent digital media startup.

Let’s be real: Local news coverage today lacks the resources, understanding and context needed to produce quality journalism. That means for cities like Columbus, locals are left without information about what’s happening in their own backyards.

That’s where Grey Matter Media comes in. We’re a small team of journalists, social workers, filmmakers and concerned citizens from this community who want to bring innovative, investigative news to central Ohio. And what’s more: We want to make it affordable. As a nonprofit, we will not be beholden to large advertisers, and we will never make you pay to access our content.

At Grey Matter Media, we go beyond the news to show the grey areas in any story.  To learn more about Grey Matter Media, our editorial independence and donor transparency policies, or to pledge a donation, visit our site at greymattermedia.org

Donor Transparency Policy

Grey Matter Media and it’s programs subscribe to the donor transparency policy created by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $1000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Donor Transparency Policy, Institute for Nonprofit News