MANCHESTER, NH – You may have noticed that we are promote a fundraising campaign for Manchester Ink Link. We call it Manchester on the rise, and this is an opportunity for us to raise funds that will be used to report on topics that interest you, our readers.
It is not easy to ask for financial support. But I am ready to make my case. Please read on.
Much has changed in journalism over the past decade. It’s an international phenomenon, but there is evidence that local news is dying on the vine right here in New Hampshire. The number of employed journalists has fallen. According to Pew Research, newsroom employment fell 57% nationwide between 2008 and 2020, from around 71,000 jobs to around 31,000. no matter what newspaper here in New Hampshire if their newsrooms are understaffed, you’ll hear similar statistics. The Nashua Telegraph has become an online-only publication except Sundays. The New Hampshire Union Leader, where I debuted here, has a small staff of journalists and relies on philanthropic charitable grants – like many other publications – to support their daily reporting.
Despite the bad reputation of the âmainstream mediaâ, we are not them. We are you. We live here. We care about our city and our state. We’re in the trenches every day bringing you the news that really matters.
But I don’t want to dwell on what has been lost. I want to celebrate the fact that Manchester Ink Link was born from the ashes of dwindling local news resources to provide a robust platform that goes out of its way to keep you up to date with local news and information. We have two full-time employees – yours and Andrew Sylvia, who has been an associate editor since May 2020. I was able to elevate him from a freelance writer to a staff member during COVID-19 at a time of traffic of our website tripled, thanks to a modest $ 7,500 P3 loan, which was canceled because I hired him full time. It was a leap of faith for me to take responsibility for being an employer, but Andrew is worth every penny he earns. I don’t take a salary. I take what I need, but more often than not I put everything back into the business because I believe I’m building something that matters.
We are also raising the voices of our community through regular contributors including Keith Spiro, Constance Cherise, Pat Grossmith, Ryan Lessard, Nate Graziano, Ryan O’Connor, Melanie Haney, Alec Biron, Jeffrey Hastings, Garry Rayno, Rob Azevedo, Chris Dugan, Bill Gilman, Winter Trabex, Rick Gordon, Dan Szczesny, Jeff Hastings, Peter Noonan, Stacy Harrison, Kathy Staub and Anthony Payton. We also welcome community contributions through our Soapbox section, a lively platform where everyone can stand up and be heard.
This year we won 10 New Hampshire Press Association awards and I was named New Hampshire Journalist of the Year. This, to me, was the affirmation that we have arrived as a viable resource for our community. I have so many great ideas for the future. I want to launch an âInkubatorâ for student journalists so that we can offer jobs to students right out of high school, or prepare them for a future in journalism by starting their academic career. Yes, I dream big, but that’s what it takes to make things happen.
How Manchester Rising can make a big difference
We have until December 31st to raise $ 100,000 for our Manchester Rising reporting campaign. This is a noble goal, which I set myself deliberately, not only because it would be heaven to be able to provide for two full-time employees, but because it gives me the opportunity to inform you, dear readers. , the financial reality of operating a legitimate daily news site.
For $ 100,000, I can guarantee 100 articles in 2022 written by professional journalists about our city. We want to focus our coverage next year on the people, entities, and organizations that have worked hard in the trenches to elevate our city. There are so many untold stories – untold because there just aren’t enough tangible resources to pay journalists for the time it takes to develop them. Since launching our Manchester Rising fundraising campaign, we have raised $ 8,660 to date. This represents 86 articles for which I can pay journalists. Considering that we publish an average of 8-10 articles per day, that equates to approximately 8 weeks of articles.
Whether you bring money or not, please take a minute to complete this form and tell us what kind of stories you’d like us to focus on in 2022.
The operating costs for us include annual web hosting, a website developer, upgrading plugins and security measures, an advertising platform that allows us to create advertising campaigns with analytics geo-targeted, a daily newsletter that includes nearly 5,000 subscribers, our VIP membership program, an interactive community calendar, developing new verticals, including our soon-to-be-launched commercial section, our Voters Guide and several other initiatives in Classes.
We also compensate contributors and freelancers for their work because we believe wholeheartedly in the value of good reporting.
If we don’t raise another dime, this $ 8,660 is still a tremendous boost in our ability to bring you relevant and informative stories.
Of course, we want to do more, always.
We want to inspire you to get involved. We believe that a news site that offers paid wallless access supports democracy and civic engagement for all. We want to shake things up when it comes to the lingering issues most of our readers respond to, stories about affordable housing, education, infrastructure, small businesses and supporting our young people, the next generation who will lead. things in another decade or so. .
To be completely honest, it’s hard to ask for help.
Over the past 7.5 years, I have done everything I can to keep this news site afloat. I invested my own money, worked with local businesses interested in advertising, and partnered with an elite group of companies who became community partners, bringing them our exceptional SEO rankings and of our commitment to promote their businesses. We welcome advertisers and partners as we move forward, and we do everything possible to help get your message across to our over 200,000 unique monthly readers.
But if we are to maintain our news site and expand our coverage, we need your help. Every dollar you donate by December 31 will do just that.
Over the next two weeks, I will continue to remind you of the stories we produced that made a difference. Hope you will consider supporting us with a contribution in any amount to help us maintain Ink Link. Just go to givebutter.com/mhtrising now and, before you make a contribution, please read the comments of those who have already given. Then decide what it means for you to have an option like Ink Link as a reference resource.
I was blown away that so many people in our community have found something that matters here. If you’ve ever benefited from our Town Hall coverage, calendar of events, human interest stories, business coverage, focus on high school sports and high performing students, then make a tax deductible contribution.
I have had a wonderful career in journalism. It was my dream come true. My story isn’t necessarily unique, but I’m proud to have gone from teenage mom to NH Journalist of the Year just by following my heart. I’m all for Manchester, and I humbly ask you to come with me.
I’ve created a short video below that will give you a condensed version of my âwhyâ. Please take two minutes to watch and, if that doesn’t move you, contact me at [email protected] and tell me why you don’t want to help keep Ink Link going, and I’ll do my best to convince you that it is. is the perfect investment in your future – our future.
Because together we are rising.