Keep the Daily Planet in orbit with a donation to the non-profit Twin Cities Media Alliance!
Dear Friends of the Twin Cities Daily Planet,
The Twin Cities Media Alliance works to create a more just, more inclusive and more vibrant Twin Cities by ensuring that all members of our community have access to the media skills and tools that they need in order to participate fully in the life of our community. We achieve this mission by offering media classes and training, conducting public forums, and by publishing the Twin Cities Daily Planet, an award-winning professionally edited local news site that gives priority to under-reported stories, and giving voice to under-represented communities.
Your support for the Twin Cities Media Alliance couldn't come at a more critical time.
The Twin Cities Media Alliance and the Twin Cities Daily Planet have had a breakthrough year in 2013 - and we are facing a very challenging year ahead.
First the good news. The number of public media classes and workshops we offer has more than tripled this year to over 100, thanks to a partnership with the Metro Library Service Agency. (MELSA). And that doesn't even include the specialized media classes and training we are providing to more than two dozen community non-profits, supported by the Bush Foundation.
And in 2013, we expanded our outreach to under-served communities by offering Media Skills Fellowships, a 10-week program that provides basic journalism and media skills training to 20 participants, diverse in race, gender, age, ethnicity and life experience, who want to learn and share skills to use on behalf of their community.
Readership of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, which brings the voices and concerns of under-served communities to a larger audience, has increased by 67% in the past 12 months, and now stands at an all-time high, with over 1.5 million unique visitors so far this year.
As we work to create a more just, more inclusive and more vibrant Twin Cities, by empowering all Twin Citizens with the media tools and resources they need to participate fully in the life of our community, we're having more community impact than ever before.
Amazingly, we have managed to do all this work on a shoestring budget - approximately $330,000 - to cover salaries, rent, payments to instructors and writers, modest stipends for our media skills fellows, plus web development, hosting and support.
Now the not-so-good news. Most of our funding has come from local foundations, and a big portion of that funding has not been renewed for 2014.
That makes your support this year especially important.
If you want to increase the impact of your gift, here's what you can do: after you make your donation, tell the world about it. The GiveMN website makes it easy to tell the world about your gift, and why you support us, via Facebook, Twitter and email.
To make your donation, just click on this link: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance.
executive director, Twin Cities Media Alliance
To view or download our 2012 Annual Report, please go to; http://www.scribd.com/doc/147423868/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance-Annual-Report-2012