The Alamedan's $20,000 Challenge

The Alamedan's $20,000 Challenge

Michele Ellson

Today marks The Alamedan’s first birthday, and the conclusion of an exciting startup year. In just 365 short days, we’ve established ourselves as Alameda’s local, in-depth and up-to-the-minute source for information on schools and City Hall, offering exclusive reports on Alameda Point and Alameda Hospital, a comprehensive elections guide and stories that helped you get to the bottom of the demise of redevelopment, city leaders' decision to allow multifamily housing despite Measure A and school safety after Sandy Hook.

We’re bringing the news into your living rooms with our live, online broadcasts of school board meetings that aren’t available on TV and with our popular Tweet by Tweet coverage, which allows us to engage with readers about the issues your leaders are discussing. And we held our first-ever event, a party on Election Night – the first of several to come.

This year we’ll be working to provide you with more news and information, in more of the formats that our online home affords. By the end of 2013 we’d like to provide you twice as much news and information as we’re giving you now, with more photos, video and data-rich maps to supplement the news stories we’re now producing on a website redesigned to optimize your reading experience.

To do that, we need to raise $20,000 this year, which is how much it would cost to add a news story every weekday. But we can’t do it without your help. We’ll be checking in with our readers once a month to ask you to consider contributing to our efforts to build the high-quality, locally run news source you deserve and seeking out local sponsors who share our belief that more news is good news.

If you value the news we’re providing and would like to see more of it, please consider contributing online or by sending a check care of our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register), 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104. In doing so you’ll be supporting a critical resource for your entire community and helping to provide news Alamedans won’t get anywhere else.

Thank you for reading and for supporting The Alamedan, and feel free to send your comments and suggestions to me at We’re looking forward to telling more of Alameda’s story in 2013.


Submitted by Jon Spangler on Thu, Feb 28, 2013

Many happy returns!

Here's to many more great stories to come!