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We’re passionate about great journalism.
Our aim is to enable reporting that is thorough, ethical, substantive, meaningful and fair. We believe every community is entitled to this kind of news, and that there are many great journalists out there to provide it.
As the newspaper industry has declined, there were many efforts to save the sinking ship. Our industry has shifted its focus from quality to quantity. Clicks have become more valuable than substance. Somewhere in the haze of advertorials, aggregated stories and press releases passed off as news, we’ve lost sight of the fact that our job is to inform.
We’re here for the readers who still hunger for news about their communities. We’re here to bring a journalist’s watchdog eye back to governments on every level, and we’re here to actively support journalism in communities that have been underserved in the past. Do you want to bring NewsFundr to your community? Let us know!
Michelle Carter Verna
Michelle Carter is an old school community journalist who has worked at a number of daily and weekly newspapers in the NorthEast. She earned a New York State Associated Press Managing Editors Association award in 2001 for her work on a series about investing and the business climate in New York City’s northern suburbs after the September 11 terrorist attacks. She was also a New England Press Association award nominee in 2002.
NewsFundr was born from her frustration over what local news has become. In a world where information and transparency are easier to convey than ever before, local news has become a whirlwind of useless content, advertorials and press releases passed off as news.
The technology exists for journalists to more easily report substantive news, and include the information to back up their stories. NewsFundr was created so passionate journalists can do just that, and earn a living while they do it.
Journalism Board of Advisors
Amy Vernon is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with over 20 years in the daily newspaper industry. She’s also one of the country’s most sought-after New Media experts, who has been featured in the The New York Times, Forbes and PRNewswire, at SXSW Interactive, CROWDFUNDx and many others. Amy Vernon also serves on the board of CiviliNation, a global, 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization taking a stand against online hostility and adult cyberbullying.
Journalism Board of Advisors
Jim Chiavelli is a veteran newspaperman and international journalist turned educator, who has taught journalism to students at Northeastern University and Merrimack College. He has been managing editor at a number of local daily newspapers and spent a year as a correspondent Kabul, Afghanistan. He earned his BA in Government from Harvard University, and Masters in Journalism from Northeastern University.
Dr. Cailin Brown
Journalism Board of Advisors
Dr. Cailin Brown is an Associate Professor at The College of Saint Rose. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Brown’s research interests include citizen journalism, student-produced journalism and media ethics. She coordinates student coverage of the college neighborhood for The Pine Hills blog at timesunion.com, and advises the weekly student newspaper, The Chronicle
Jim Huerta is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of The Nessa Group, a senior level business advisory firm. A seasoned executive in several different industries, Jim now provides strategic planning, business services and interdisciplinary support to businesses and executives. Jim shares NewsFundr’s passion and commitment to successful and effective journalism.
NewsFundr is made possible in part by those who generously supported our NewsFundr Launch Crowdfunding Campaign
Michelle Carr Baggette
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