Arkansas Times is seeking funding to support an investigative reporting project focused on Arkansas’s child welfare system:
We’ve seen a massive response to Benji Hardy’s reporting on rehoming and state Rep. Justin Harris. His two recent stories have attracted considerably more readers online than anything we’ve ever published. Dozens of national outlets have followed his reporting. We’ve heard from readers all over the country. And for good reason: Much of what he’s uncovered is shocking and outrageous.
The Harris story isnâ€™t finished. There is more to report. Weâ€™ll cover those aspects of it in the days and weeks to come. But we want to quickly move beyond Harris to investigate broader questions about the state’s child welfare system raised. Our reporting has exposed us to dozens upon dozens of sources who have stories and access to share. What theyâ€™ve told us has convinced us of the need to continue what is looking like a massive investigative project.