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What an unprecedented and unpredictable year it has been. From the pandemic, to civil unrest, to this week’s historic election, 2020’s impacts have been far greater than anyone could have anticipated.

These impacts have been felt locally, at an individual level and also organizationally for us here at NancyOnNorwalk. And yet, one thing is certain: the hunger for news is stronger than ever before. 

That’s why we’re excited to share an opportunity to double your donation this year. We have once again been selected to participate in NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that drives donations to nonprofit news organizations (like ours!) around the U.S. Since 2016, NewsMatch has raised over $100 million for nonprofit journalism.

Over the next two months, today through Dec. 31, we are aiming to raise $50,000 with the help of NewsMatch and a core group of local donors. And this fundraising campaign begins today!

We rely on this funding to keep the trains running at NancyOnNorwalk, bringing you the award-winning, hard-hitting local journalism you’ve come to expect. Nancy Chapman and her team work tirelessly and fearlessly to bring Norwalk residents news about local elections, city development efforts, schools and much more. We need every reader’s support in order for this work to continue.

Nonprofit news gives power to people, but that power doesn’t come for free. 

 

The time is now. Trusted reporting  like ours has never mattered more.

Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation.

 

With gratitude,
The NancyOnNorwalk Board of Directors

4 comments

Mitch Adis November 2, 2020 at 8:07 am

I’ve donated each year, but not this year. Why? NoN censors posts even if they comply with the rules. When the censoring stops, I will resume donations.

John Levin November 2, 2020 at 4:01 pm

Mitch – you may call it “censorship”. It isn’t. NancyOnNorwalk recognizes that the comments sections are an important part of the service it delivers to our community of readers and users. But some individuals have sought to use this service to spread objectively false information, insult or otherwise malign by name members of our community, make outlandish and absurd claims without evidence, and to otherwise violate basic rules of civil discourse. Mark and Nancy Chapman were wise enough at the startup in 2012 to create guidelines for public comments. Those guidelines are reviewed frequently by Nancy and her board (on which I have served since 2013). And they are enforced. The comment guidelines are available for all to review here:
https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

I have had an opportunity to read many of the comments that were not posted because they do not comply with the established guidelines. I can assure you, if readers had an opportunity to read some of these comments they would be appalled and disgusted by some of the things people have written in the past. Reviewing comments remains a significant administrative burden for the organization, and takes away resources from other important activities core to the NoN mission.

If you feel that you personally have been censored, I would be delighted to discuss your concerns with you directly.

Claire Schoen (NoN Board President) November 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm

@ Mitch -Sorry you feel that way, but the fact is we are a news outlet and not a social media platform. There is a huge difference. Our goal is to provide readers with local news and a digital town square; the aim of the digital town square is for citizens to engage in meaningful dialog about the news of the day. It is NOT meant to be another outlet for name-calling, hurling insults, or spreading misinformation.

Consider this. We provide residents this city with daily hyperlocal news at no charge. We’ll email it to you every morning if you’d like. Our business model, like so many other local news outlets these days, is that of non-profit community support.

Over the past several years, readers support has enables us to expand our coverage by hiring freelance reporters and editorial consultants, and an advertising consultant. Every single last donation – whether it’s $5 or $5000 — makes a difference.

All donations are tax-deductible and we mean it that every donor counts – we realize these are tough times for many, but we rely on you, Dear Readers, to help us shine a light on our fair city.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Support Journalism November 2, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Norwalk is lucky to have this invaluable resource of local reporting and knowledge.

I’ll gladly contribute and encourage fellow readers to do the same. The more informed we are, the better off we’ll be.

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