Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bucks for Broadside

Broadside is a print-only newspaper published in Flint. It's been around three years and hearkens back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when people believed in the power of newspapers to make a difference, regardless of the financial realities. I've worked at a few of those newspapers, so I have a rooting interest in Broadside. Like many newspapers these days, Broadside is having trouble making ends meet. I'll let Broadsider Robert Mabbitt explain:
"...in its own small way, [Broadside] provides a service to local readers as the only publication in the area where they can find a real diversity of perspectives facing our community and our world. But for some reason, businesses in Flint don't have a lot of extra room in their budgets to buy print advertising in anything that isn't bright, glossy, and a blind cheerleader for all things Flint. For a publication whose business model is to sell only enough ads to cover each issue's printing costs (± $777), that can be a pretty precarious position. Which, after the computer we use to layout each issue crashed and burned, is precisely where we find ourselves."
How can you help? You can go here to donate to Broadside and keep it running. Or go here to subscribe and catch up on some Flint news. Want more info? Check out this NPR story on Broadside.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the great information on Flint in your posts. For another Flint newspaper, check out Flint Comix. It's lots of good comics, many by local artists, some boosterism, and all fun.


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