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What Does the Future Hold for Nonprofit?
But after the paper ran the next morning, Isthmus' owners told staff that the alt-weekly's best chance for survival was to pause operations indefinitely. Within a week, all 23 full-time employees were laid off.
"It was incredibly fast," said Judith Davidoff, the editor of Isthmus. "I can't say that any of us thought they were going to shut down that quickly."
The coronavirus print edition would be Isthmus' last – at least under its most recent ownership. After limping along digitally with some staff that were rehired through loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Isthmus' owners decided in July they were no longer interested in owning or publishing the paper.
Now Davidoff is in the process of converting the alt-weekly into a nonprofit news organization, relying largely on volunteer labor. She hopes to eventually bring back a print edition, this time with additional help from philanthropic funding and individual donors.
It's been a year since the newsroom at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader began to work remotely.
When the decision came down from parent company, Gannett, the staff was certain it would only be for a couple of weeks.
They were well-poised to work in this way.
Everyone had laptops and hot spot smartphones.
They had Microsoft Teams and Zoom for meetings and collaboration.
The workflow worked out. | READ MORE
The News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden, on behalf of their more than 3,700 combined daily and community newspaper members, encouraging the administration to use advertising in local newspapers to help build trust and acceptance of vaccines. | READ MORE
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