A busy time, but time to look back

It’s a busy time of year in the news business. You’ll only hear from me once this week and once […]

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It’s a busy time of year in the news business. You’ll only hear from me once this week and once next week. Then we’ll take a holiday break from my column and our e-newsletters. We’ll see you again in the new year.

One of the big projects here is always the year in review, which will appear in print and online in January. It’s time-consuming to go through our back issues and pick out news stories of note. It’s kind of a running joke among community journalists.

But it also can be very rewarding. It can be a great refresher of what has been accomplished and what lies ahead.

I am especially struck, once again, by the amount of work that was done by individual advocates and organizations at the 2023 Minnesota Legislature. There’s still a lot ahead and much work to do, but it’s remarkable to look back on everything that happened with the most recent session.

It’s also striking to see what members of the community have accomplished. And it’s sad to see whom we have lost.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming year in review.

Match is expanded

We thank everyone who has chipped in toward our News Match goal. This week, our parent group INN received additional support from a national funder. As a result, the campaign match cap has increased to $15,000 (previously $13,000) for organizations with operating expenses below $1 million in 2022.

Donations made between November 1 and December 31 are eligible to be matched up to $1,000 per individual. We need to leverage our goal and keep providing the news and information you rely on.

Our organization is eligible for $500 if we secure 50 or more new donors. That’s a stretch but we’d urge you to share this blog post with friends. Access Press really needs to grow its donor base.

Go to www.accesspress.org to donate.

We are also looking for grants as we seek to broaden our funding base. We are likely transitioning more news online in the months and years ahead.

We also seek partners in projects. More than once, we have had the “surprise” of finding out someone plans to use our print and web pages as part of their grant application. We get asked by the funder during grant review, and it is a surprise to us. That means (a) you don’t get the grant because it doesn’t help when we’re saying “What?” or (b) we get a surprise and some likely unmet expectations.

Working with us is always, always better. We can plan and help you budget for your promotional needs. I as editor can direct you to the proper staff.

And remember, print deadline is December 15!

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