Life looks different now than any of us anticipated.
When I started this modern local media company, after more than a decade at traditional news organizations, I never would have imagined that shortly after the first anniversary I’d be developing ambitious content plans about the effects of a pandemic on our community.
It’s heartbreaking. But it’s also a call to action as a local journalism organization. We are going through a generation-defining event, and it’s happening during a crucial time for our community.
That’s why I’m asking for your help.
Today, with the help of the Local Media Association, Raleigh Convergence is launching a COVID-19 local news fund.
I’m asking you to contribute to Raleigh Convergence’s editorial resources as our community deals with the far-reaching ripples of the coronavirus.
Contributions to this fund will allow me to commission and create local journalism that explains the impact of the coronavirus on Raleigh and Wake County — and what we can do as a community to shape the future.
Here’s a hard truth: Raleigh Convergence is free for all to read, but it’s not free to create and keep running.
Like many of you who own small businesses, my plans shifted dramatically with the coronavirus, just when insightful, understandable local media is needed the most.
The effects of the coronavirus will influence our future growth, our neighbors, the small businesses that make Raleigh unique, the food and beverage purveyors who have helped put our area on the map with their creativity.
Your contribution to the COVID-19 local news fund will expand Raleigh Convergence’s capabilities to create work that makes a difference in our community.
Not only that, your support shows that you value and want to invest in the future of locally owned, independent local media.
If you’re able, please consider supporting this local journalism fund.
Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen
Raleigh Convergence founder, editor, publisher.