GIVE TO THE MAX: A special message from Twin Cities Daily Planet publisher Jeremy Iggers

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Dear Friends of the Twin Cities Daily Planet,

We need your support on Thursday, November 14, Give to the Max Day. To donate, just click here.

This video will tell you why I think our work is so important. But there is more that I want you to know. 

First the good news. The Twin Cities Media Alliance and the Twin Cities Daily Planet are having a breakthrough year. 

The number of public media classes and workshops we offer has more than tripled this year to over 100, thanks to a partnership with the Metro Library Service Agency. (MELSA). And that doesn’t even include the specialized media classes and training we are providing to more than two dozen community non-profits, supported by the Bush Foundation.

And this year, we expanded our outreach to under-served communities by offering Media Skills Fellowships, a 10-week program that provides basic journalism and media skills training to 20 participants, diverse in race, gender, age, ethnicity and life experience, who want to learn and share skills to use on behalf of their community. 

Readership of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, which brings the voices and concerns of under-served communities to a larger audience,  has more than doubled in the past 12 months, and now stands at an all-time high: over 200,000 unique visitors in the past month, and nearly 450,000 page views. 

As we work to create a more just, more inclusive and more vibrant Twin Cities, by empowering all Twin Citizens with the media tools and resources they need to participate fully in the life of our community, we’re having more community impact than ever before.

Amazingly, we have managed to do all this work on a shoestring budget – approximately $330,000 – to cover salaries, rent, payments to instructors and writers, modest stipends for our media skills fellows, plus web development, hosting and support. 

Now the not-so-good news. Most of our funding has come from local foundations, and a big portion of that funding has not been renewed for 2014. 

That makes your support this year especially important.

If you want to increase the impact of your gift, here’s what you can do: after you make your donation, tell the world about it. The GiveMN website makes it easy to tell the world about your gift, and why you support us, via Facebook, Twitter and email.  

To make your donation, just click on this link: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Twin-Cities-Media-Alliance.

Thank you,

Jeremy Iggers

executive director, Twin Cities Media Alliance