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Sustainable Business
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Shared Services
In progress
The Texas Observer
$125,000.00
Knight Foundation
Not Funded
000
10
Open
Going Weekly
In progress
General Operations
Funded
000
Open
Transition CIMA
In progress
Lieberman, Solomon
Public Narrative
$0.00
General Operations
Funded
000
Open
🚀 Biz Dev
In progress
Nettles, Amber
General Operations
Funded
000
Open
🚀 Mark/Comms
In progress
Cooper, Chasity
$100,000.00
Gen Ops/Funder?
Partially Funded
000
Product Improvement
4
Open
Digital Strategy and Suite
In progress
Brian
Dan
$150,000.00
Fundraising
Funded
000
Open
Expand Publication
In progress
$120,000.00
General Operations
Funded
000
Open
Pilot Muli Lingual
Not started
000
Open
The Book Redesign
In progress
General Operations
Funded
000
60
Iconic Brand
4
Open
Increased Events and Live Experiences
In progress
$30,000.00
General Operations
Funded
000
Open
Archive Project
Blocked
Angelia Ford, Obsideian Group
000
Open
Physical Locations
In progress
The Medill Local News Accelerator
The Orbit Group
Gertie
000
Open
Yellow Box Project
In progress
$10,000.00
General Operations
000
Prolific Fundraising
5
Open
Membership Fundraising Program
In progress
Trilogy Group
000
Open
Institutional Fundraising Program
In progress
000
Open
Major Gifts Fundraising Program
Not started
000
Open
Corporate Fundraising Program
Not started
000
Open
Board Development
000
Values-Aligned Programming
4
Open
Arts and Culture Study
In progress
Lieberman, Solomon
$75,000.00
Prtizter Pucker Family Foundation
Funded
000
Open
AI + JEDI
Not started
000
Open
Racial Justice Writers Room
In progress
Judith McRae
$55,000.00
Feinberg Foundation
Not Funded
000
Open
Traveling Newsroom
Not started
000
Best-in-Class Workplace
5
Open
Newsroom Culture
000
Open
Union Negotiation
In progress
Graham, Alia
Scholhamer, Ann
Graham, Alia
Lieberman, Solomon
000
Open
Hire Key Staff Roles
In progress
Lieberman, Solomon
000
Open
Amber Development
In progress
Lieberman, Solomon
000
Open
HR Improvements
In progress
Graham, Alia
000

Edits

Merged “Digital First” into “Digital Strategy and Suite”
Question: Is “Digital First” really about engaging the writers in a thoughtful way to shift culture?
Should social media be on this list?
Social Media Evolution taken off

Questions

What does cashflow look like?
$100K from MacArthur
$75K from Pritzker Pucker
$98K from Elizabeth Morison
What are brian and dan’s last names?
Brain Boyer
Dan Sinker
Any Board projects?

University model - endowed roles

Diane mentions AFG — what is AFG?
Artistic Fundraising Group — old fundraising group
Diane mentions MIke — who is Mike?
Mike membership manager and now in Mark/Comms
UnGala details? And other events strategies?
MCA will here — 3rd week of oct
Did SalesForce get implemented?
Implemented

Senior fellow? tied to arts and culture study


Sol Key Questions
Are we romantizing print?
Digital is strong?
Shared services?
Culture piece with union?

Increase capacity for racial justice reporting and community-based journalism by continuing to develop the Racial Justice Reporting Hub. RICJ will expand its partnership with ALAANA writers and educators to provide mentorship and support to writers focusing on racial justice through its Racial Justice Writer’s Room. This goal supports the Reader’s commitment to increase coverage of racial justice issues, centralizing the publication’s groundbreaking coverage of equity issues and coalescing the efforts of a diverse collection of journalists. Progress will be measured by tracking progress in hiring, story selection, and voices represented in reporting.
Share best practices based on the Reader’s nationally recognized leadership in independent arts-and-culture journalism. Develop and disseminate information about how the Reader’s community-based arts-and-culture coverage supports local art organizations and impacts critical outcomes for our diverse democracy.
Social Justice Reporting Expansion: In order to support reporting on social justice issues, in 2020 the Reader added a staff Social Justice Reporter, a role now held by Debbie-Marie Brown, a Black, queer, nonbinary Afro-Latine journalist. Brown contributes coverage that spotlights systemically underreported communities and groups, including the disparities faced by Black-owned small businesses in acquiring cannabis dispensary licenses, guides to queer and BIPOC recurring community events, and profiles of local artists and community leaders like Molly Compton, a scene mom and mentor who founded Ur Mom Records, and Ammie Kae Brooks, an LCSW whose
1) Intentionally engage a diverse pool of journalists to give voice to their respective communities. Writers with lived experiences that align with the communities they cover bring nuance and complexity to stories, which, in turn, results in an authenticity that resonates with readers. 2) Approach reporting via a solutions journalism lens. Each piece amplifies an issue and then details actionable steps for public engagement that work toward a solution. As a result, readers gain a more nuanced understanding of the issues facing their communities, empowering them to become informed, proactive public citizens. 3) Commit to following stories for months, sometimes years, instead of producing short-term coverage that fails to follow up with the individuals and communities affected. The Reader rejects voyeuristic journalism that lacks consideration for how the communities and individuals directly affected by issues are treated, re-traumatized, or portrayed. Instead, long-term commitment to its reporting positions the Reader to be an agent of lasting

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