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Deadline is December 31 for NKyTribune reach goal for NewsMatch challenge; get contributions doubled

By Judy Clabes
NKyTribune Editor

Three prominent national foundations believe that independent local news organizations matter.

The Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are sending a strong message to other funders about the importance of supporting nonprofit news organizations, like the NKyTribune.

The coalition has chosen the NKyTribune to participate in a matching gift program to encourage individual readers to support their local nonprofit (501-c-3) news organizations as well.

The Tribune has not yet completed its third year. During our infancy, we have focused our attention on bringing NKY quality local news, important state news, great storytelling about our neighbors and our nonprofits and our corporations who do good works in our community — and all the other services you expect of your newspaper. We offer as many free services as we humanly can — free access, free classifieds, free legal classifieds, free calendar postings, free obituaries, and more.

We have a small, working executive staff — paid and unpaid — and a vast community of freelancers and contributors. We have tried to cover as many bases as possible to bring you 24/7 news and features you can’t find anywhere else. We have tried to keep all the balls in the air — responding quickly to your ideas and comments, covering as much of your local governments as our time and resources have allowed, and being open to saying ‘yes’ as much as we can.

We are dedicated professionals, seasoned journalists and editors, doing our best to do a good job for you. We believe deeply in what we do — and what we mean to do.

As a nonprofit, online-only newspaper we are leading the wave to the future for journalism, building a role-model example for the industry.

As a nonprofit, our resources are three-pronged: (1) investment through advertising, (2) foundation funding, and (3) individual support. Our efforts in the coming year will be to grow all three sources of revenue — and to put those resources toward growing and improving the NKyTribune’s content.

We know we can do better. We know that takes resources. We know we can go deeper. That takes resources. We know we need more reporters. That takes resources.

We know we need your help and support. Your continued sharing of ideas, your continued engagement in your neighborhoods, your schools, your community. Be a citizen journalist by sharing your stories and embracing the NKyTribune as your own. (And thanks to those who watch our backs on copyediting!)

We have just a few more days to reach our maximum match from our NewsMatch funders. Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount up to $1000 will be doubled by NewsMatch. Your check must be dated no later than December 31, 2017.

We have received wonderful support so far — donations from $10 to $1000, each one as important as the other. A true gathering of neighbors who care about a resource important to the neighborhood.

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by IRS.

Please join in helping us leverage this national match into our community.

There are two ways to participate:

Online, click here.

To send a check: Made out to Northern Kentucky Tribune and mailed to 644 Braddock Court, Edgewood, KY. 41017.

Our tax ID # is 46-3464828. Our publisher is the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism.

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