The Red & Black is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization with two, intertwined missions: to train students in journalism and to serve our community as an independent, reliable source of news.
Every year more than 250 students are involved at The Red & Black, where they get hands-on experience in a working newsroom. Every year, more than 250,000 readers rely on redandblack.com for daily news they can trust. Our weekly newspaper and family of magazines reach tens of thousands of readers, who also can turn to The Red & Black for news via podcasts, videos, newsletters, TikTok and other digital platforms.
We're committed to covering the community, whether it's a look at the housing crisis facing Athens low and middle income residents or a housing development leaving students stranded. We cover mental health and Monkey Pox, city hall and student government. We've added Spanish-language coverage. And yes, we do cover football.
The Red & Black is eligible for matching from the national NewsMatch program for the first $15,000 we raise. In addition, The Red & Black has been selected to receive another $15,000 in matching funds through NewsMatch for our dedication to providing coverage of Georgia and highlighting issues that impact residents’ lives and support civic engagement.That means, from now through the end of the year, your gift can be tripled. For an independent news organization like ours, this funding is significant. If you are able to support The Red & Black you help cover important community news and make an investment in the future of journalism.
We're raising funds for a very specific goal. We need to add cameras, audio recorders, multimedia software and other tools to our newsroom. This priority has been established through our student newsroom leaders and student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and connects directly to our twin missions.
With more multimedia reporting, we can broaden our coverage. With more equipment, we will make reporting at The Red & Black more accessible to more students — equipment costs are a major a barrier for many students.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to cover the cost of adding this equipment. Any matching funds will go to our newsroom budget. The first $15,000 in matching funds could offset a full year of web hosting. The second $15,000 in matching funds could cover our stipends for summer 2023, a crucial time for news coverage but a challenging time for ad sales.
Your NewsMatch contribution will have a major impact. You will help us provide independent, digital-first, year-round news for our community while making hands-on training available for even more students.
Just as we seek transparency in the political leaders and organizations we cover, we also believe in being transparent ourselves. Find our disclosure information here.