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Bill Macfadyen: Help Us Deliver Your News

With your generosity, Noozhawk can continue providing the freshest daily news around

By William M. Macfadyen, Noozhawk Publisher | @noozhawk |

About this time last autumn we launched Noozhawk’s first Webathon to supplement our revenue from advertising and sponsorships. A few people had approached us and quietly asked if they could give us money because they appreciated what we were doing for the community and were hopeful we could do more. If there were a few, I wondered, would there be a few thousand? And so the Hawks Club was hatched.

As it turns out, there was quite a lot of support for the idea, and the Noozhawk readers who responded did so enthusiastically and in amounts of all sizes. We are truly humbled by that support and are energized by the confidence in us that such an investment conveys.

We’re renewing our fund drive this year because we still need your help. We’re very frugal, as any of our reporters can tell you. Every dollar we take in goes right back into the product. It pays for Lara Cooper and Giana Magnoli reporting on the community you recognize and on the issues you care about. It pays for Sonia Fernandez covering Goleta City Hall and Rob Kuznia on the K-12 education beat. It pays for Michelle Nelson keeping it all going on the production side, editing our stories and posting your articles and submissions. And it will pay for our continued growth as your indispensable, freshest source of local news.

We may be just 2 years old but we think we’ve been playing an outsize role in reporting on our community. In fact, no other local professional news organization posts more content than Noozhawk, and we’re doing it pretty much 24/7. The opportunity is a privilege for us and, speaking for all of the Noozhawks, we love it.

If you like what you read here, if you appreciate our effort to provide professional journalism in an environmentally friendly format, please do what you can to help. Whether $10 or $1,000, we promise you’ll see the benefits on Noozhawk. And if you can’t help financially, you can do just as much by telling everyone you know about us. We are grateful.

Click here for more information on how you can donate to Noozhawk. Thank you for your support.

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

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» on 11.19.09 @ 10:17 AM

Thanks for the reminder. I had been meaning to make donation but didn’t get around to it until just now. Keep up the good work! I love Noozhawk!!

» on 11.19.09 @ 10:19 AM

Recently saw a story by Fernandez cross published in the News-Press. Why is that being done? Wendy can certainly afford to pay for reporters. Seems odd to ask the public for money and then allow that newspaper to use your resources.

[Noozhawk’s note: Welcome to a freelance writer’s reality. Help us hire her full-time.]

» on 11.19.09 @ 11:32 AM

And don’t forget to contribute to the Daily Sound as well. Noozhawk seems to want to keep us ignorant of the daily crimes that rack up in Santa Barbara, while the Sound keeps a close eye on it. Just one nooz source and you would think life here was a paradise and full of fun events and activities in this town.

» on 11.19.09 @ 11:47 AM

Thank you for what you do, Noozhawk. You’re right, Noozhawk IS comprehensive. What I like most is your emergency coverage. With the Jesusita, Tea & Gap Fires, you were the only news reporting — accurately — 24 hours a day. Great job!

» on 11.19.09 @ 08:57 PM

I think there’s plenty of crime reporting by Noozhawk. Thankfully it’s not the only thing Noozhawk reports. If you just read the Daily Sound you’d think Santa Barbara’s the crime capital of the world!

» on 11.20.09 @ 05:21 AM

Thanks for the reminder, I have donated before not a huge amount but its one of those things you can overlook if not reminded.  I do appreciate the great journalism and hard work that Noozhawk and its staff do to provide this reporting.

I think this holiday season, I will make a gift for myself with another donation to you as its something I enjoy on a daily basis and the reporting you provide needs to be supported.

» on 11.20.09 @ 07:08 PM

I never knew that Noozhawk was a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code!

[Noozhawk’s note: We’re not. Nor do we claim to be, as is clearly explained on our Hawks Club page.]

» on 11.20.09 @ 07:29 PM

There may be “plenty” of obligatory token crime reporting, but compared to the Sound, it is definitely a weakness. I often wonder how much the Chamber of Commerce contributes to Noozhawk to keep the tourists coming..

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