iPost launches event series, membership drive

Investigative Post has launched a membership program that seeks community support for our award-winning watchdog journalism.

A membership for 2016 not only provides Investigative Post with the resources it needs to continue producing hard-hitting, high-impact stories, but purchases a season pass to our “At Issue” event series that launches Oct. 26.

“Talk is cheap. Investigative reporting isn’t. In fact, it’s the costliest, most time-consuming type of journalism there is,” said Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney.

“We need the community’s support to continue to dig deep and report on the important issues that many other news outlets are passing on with growing frequency.”

Members who donate at least $100 for the year enjoy free admission to 13 events that cost non-members and smaller donors $10 apiece. Donors giving at least $100 also receive discounted admission to four premium events that include our luncheon series and Tom Toles summer concert.

Our line-up for the next two months provides a flavor of the yearlong series:

  • Heaney and reporter Charlotte Keith report on the latest developments involving the Buffalo Billion and moderate a speaker panel discussion Oct. 26 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.
  • Heaney interviews Kriner Cash, Buffalo’s new school superintendent, at a Nov. 4 luncheon at Osteria 166.
  • Maryalice Demler of WGRZ hosts a fun night of trivia focused on local news, sports, weather and history on Nov. 10 at Brawler’s Deli in the Pearl Street Grill.
  • Heaney moderates a speaker panel Dec. 1 that tackles the question “Is Buffalo really getting its mojo back?” at a happy hour event at Allen Street Hardware.

Events after the first of the year will include more reporter presentations, trivia nights and luncheon and happy hour panels, as well as Heaney’s “State of the City,” the annual Toles concert, and local beer-tastings at several of Buffalo’s trendiest watering holes.

Depending on the level of giving, members can enjoy a coffee discussion with Heaney, a tour of WGRZ’s newsroom and studios, or an autographed edition of a cartoon drawn exclusively for Investigative Post by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Toles.

Interested? You can purchase a membership here, or order tickets to individual events here.

We’re a non-profit newsroom that produces independent, non-partisan investigative reporting and analysis on issues that matter to the citizens and taxpayers of the Buffalo area and Upstate New York. We’re partners with WGRZ, 2 On Your Side, and are filling a void that’s been created as many traditional news organizations downsize their operations in the face of declining profits.

A membership in Investigative Post is an investment in our community. We’re a 501 c-3 non-profit organization, meaning all donations, including memberships, are tax deductible.