A very short editorial this week. Please spread it widely.
Open Media Boston has now gone daily - for as long as we can manage it, be a week or a month or permanently - as part of an unprecedented expansion of our operation in the service of covering the exciting new #OccupyBoston movement. It was tough enough running a professional news weekly with a progressive editorial stance on the $30,000 or so we've managed to scrape together annually. Running a daily - even on what may or may not turn out to be a temporary basis - is even more difficult. But we think it's critical that we do so at this moment in history, in this place. That's why we've put out more articles and multimedia content about the unfolding events in the streets of Boston in the last week than we have ever done before.
We've picked up a bunch of skilled new folks in our new Special Events Unit who have joined us to help us get breaking news out (a first in itself for us) to our now fast-growing audience across a number of social media platforms and formats. But we still look forward to the day when we can pay our staff and contributors for their good work, and help them to make a living as committed community journalists - creating jobs which are very sorely needed in these tough times.
So we thought this would be a good moment to encourage Open Media Boston viewers to click the Donate button below (and in the upper left hand corner of every page on this website), and give a tax-deductible donation to help us keep on keeping on.
If you donate $35 or more, we'll make you an OMB Member - with all the rank and titles that go with that august office (what do you all think? maybe you get a pen? mugs? funny hat? all suggestions entertained …) - plus a free registration to the upcoming Social Movements/Digital Revolutions conference, Oct. 21-23, at MIT and Lesley University that we're co-organizing with Mass. Global Action, and other fine organizations and institutions. Pretty sweet, yes?
Our goal remains to a become major metro news publication. And three and a half years into this project, I'd say that we can do it, if our ever-expanding community supports us.
So that's the deal. Now back to the news. Already in progress.
Jason Pramas is Editor/Publisher of Open Media Boston
p.s. - you got media skills? art and design? tech? marketing and advertising? fundraising and development? you wanna join our merry band of media pirates? drop us a line ... Sous Les Pavés, La Plage!