That said, Klawonn hasn’t given up entirely on his original labor of love. “I should have found those big names willing to go to bat for this—funders who also believe that this is a complex state with a lot of issues and that it would be great to have something that goes beyond the daily minutiae to crystallize it on a regional level,” he said. “But if you don’t have that kind of person, it’s a long road to hoe. And if that person appears, I would gladly flip the switch and give it another shot.”

Alexandra Fenwick is an assistant editor at CJR.