Listener helps Out There support press freedom

A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
— Albert Camus

Last month, we asked you - our listeners - to take an audience survey. We wanted to get to know you better, in order to create more content you love, and reach new listeners. We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the survey (thank you so much for participating!) and touched by your comments.

As many of you know, we also entered survey participants into a drawing for Out There swag and other prizes.

Listener Rob Landicho was selected to receive the top prize, a $50 REI gift card. But when we emailed him to tell him the good news, he wrote back and suggested that we forego sending him the gift card and instead donate the $50 to a charity or organization of our choice.

So we gave the money to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit that promotes press freedom. CPJ works to ensure that journalists are able "to report the news without fear of reprisal," both in the U.S. and internationally -- whether that's supporting journalists who are working under authoritarian regimes, or those facing harassment or legal challenges here at home.

At Out There, we believe that thorough, fact-based journalism is essential to a functioning democracy and a healthy society, and we are honored to support reporters who are facing roadblocks that no journalist should ever have to face.

Thank you, Rob, for helping us do our part!