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Health and economic shocks tend to make existing problems even worse.
By chance, back in January, I wrote here that if Delaware wanted its story told, it had to act. Local journalism was already at risk, and now this pandemic-caused recession is speeding the fallout.
We at Technical.ly are fighting the trend. We think our reporting on entrepreneurship, technology, career and economic change is about to mean a lot more.
We are going to add additional full-time reporters and more coverage in Baltimore and Philadelphia. We believe Delaware deserves its own informed coverage of how this looming recession is destroying jobs and creating opportunities. Fortunately we’re blessed to have our existing lead reporter Holly Quinn, a lifelong Delaware resident. But just as we believe we should be expanding that reporting, our sustainability is further challenged — an effective end to our in-person events and a slowdown among our other services.
You can help us do that in several ways.
Today we are introducing the Technical.ly Journalism Fund, a pool of funding that will go directly to our reporting, both by our full-time newsroom and to increase additional freelance writing.
At launch, this is imagined as a $1,000 contribution from organizations, but you are able to alter the contribution level. Additionally, we want to make clear the various ways you can support expanding our work.
How can my organization work with Technical.ly?
- Work with Technical.ly to support your talent acquisition needs: We specialize in employer brand marketing and direct placement support. That work has always contributed to our newsroom. If you’re in a position of growth, consider us as a way to both meet your organizational goals and support local economic reporting. (And hey — right now, we’re offering free job posts to companies hiring for tech roles and COVID-19-related roles.)
- Underwrite Technical.ly storytelling you want to see: If you want support for stories or virtual events (webinars, etc.) that drive results for your company, our product team can help. If you have a passion that important stories in Philadelphia aren’t being told enough, you can underwrite our newsroom to do more of that issue-based reporting.
- Contribute to the Technical.ly Journalism Fund: As introduced here, if you want to make a smaller organizational contribution to ensure we’re here to report on your community’s growth and work, consider making a contribution and think of that as an annual act of support.
For insight on any of these methods of support (or more creative solutions), you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or my colleague Aileen Connolly McNulty (email@example.com), who works every day to make connections from Delaware to Philadelphia and throughout our mid-Atlantic footprint.
How can I as an individual support Technical.ly?
- Subscribe and share: Reading, subscribing and talking to us is always the best first step. We have a daily headlines email and our popular This Week in Jobs newsletters; join here. Otherwise, following and sharing our work on social and with your network helps us serve more people. We also want to hear from you, on social and via email.
- Tell us if we’ve helped your career: We set aside our individual membership program earlier this year because we are more interested in knowing how we’ve helped you; fill out our Employment Survey here.
- Attend our virtual events and chip in: Starting on May 7 (details to come), we’ll be hosting a series of virtual events focused on career and organizational navigation in times of crisis. Many of these will be free to attend to remain accessible, though any contributions will go toward our Journalism Fund.
At times of crisis, we find just how valuable and to whom we are. Technical.ly aims to become a more valuable tool to support navigating the choppy local economy and your career. We appreciate any support to get us there.
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