A be aware from the writer: Should you’re an ‘RN&R’ super-fan, we would like you!

The Reno Information & Assessment has now been again in print for 15 months—and it’s been one hell of a journey.

On that journey, we’ve earned some accolades. I simply received again from the Affiliation of Different Media’s annual convention, this yr held in Dallas, hosted by the Dallas Voice. On the convention, the affiliation introduced the outcomes of the 2023 AAN Awards, and the RN&R took house two: third place for right-wing extremism protection, for Frank X. Mullen’s piece final yr on Robert Beadles; and first place for election protection, for Frank’s tales on the Washoe County Faculty District Board of Trustees races final yr.

Concerning the college board protection, the decide wrote: “These well-written items clearly depict what occurs when college boards turn into weapons within the tradition warfare. The theater is damaging to the well-being of everybody concerned, particularly the scholars, academics and the group as an entire. I admire that the items set the file straight on falsehoods the rabblerousers are pushing reminiscent of the truth that (important race principle) is being taught in Okay-12 and the district’s low check scores. These items are a group service.”

To summarize all of this: This little swing-state newspaper was honored with the highest award for the perfect election protection nationwide. Fairly cool.

In the meantime, our journey continues—and we’re looking out for some individuals to return together with us.

First: We’re on the lookout for a brand new managing editor. Frank X. Mullen, who stepped up three years in the past to assist hold the net model of the RN&R going, and with out whom this newspaper would probably not exist proper now, desires to step again from the on a regular basis grind of being the editor. (Don’t fear; he’ll nonetheless be concerned with the RN&R, and can proceed writing and reporting.)

We’re on the lookout for somebody to coordinate our protection, work with our writers, and keep the excessive journalism requirements the RN&R has lengthy had. Journalism expertise is required, in fact; the hours are versatile; and the pay, frankly, as of now could be so-so. Should you’re , or know of somebody who could also be, please drop me a line at jimmyb@renonr.com.

Second: We’re on the lookout for RN&R super-fans. We’re within the strategy of planning the way forward for the paper, and would love to listen to from you. Whether or not you’ve been a RN&R fan for years, otherwise you found us once we rebooted post-pandemic, we would like your enter. If that’s you, once more, my electronic mail is jimmyb@renonr.com.

Some additional rationalization: As I’ve talked about on this house earlier than, we’re working to verify the RN&R by no means goes away once more. Because the Gannett every day continues to wither away, our protection is extra necessary than ever earlier than. We’re at the moment within the strategy of analyzing the perfect path ahead for the RN&R—together with a doable conversion to nonprofit standing.

That’s the place you, our super-fans, are available: We wish to higher perceive the place the RN&R matches into your life. What do you want about it? What might we do higher? And the way are you keen to assist us safe a sustainable future?

Frankly, I don’t need the RN&R’s future to depend upon me, or on the whims of every other proprietor. The RN&R is a group useful resource, and it will be incredible for it to belong to the group as a nonprofit. However to ensure that that to occur, we’ll want board members, and donors, and volunteers, and other people keen to assist us discover funding.

The way forward for this newspaper is vibrant. Our fantastic advertisers and our reader supporters have gotten us to a spot the place we will pay our payments and do good issues. However to ensure that us to develop, and to ensure that us to outlive a doable financial downturn, we want the group to face behind us.


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