Dear Friends, Members and Supporters of the NB Media Co-op,
As a new season approaches, help us spring forward as we reach our 10-year anniversary of producing independent media in New Brunswick, the traditional unceded territory of the Passamaquoddy, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq peoples.
From today until April 15, we are holding a membership/funding drive. We are inviting you to help us sustain and grow. Our goal is to increase our membership base and raise $2,000.
Donate, sign up or renew your membership here. Annual membership is suggested at $30 per year. Student or low-income memberships are pay what you can.
All supporters, new members and membership renewals from March 15 until April 15 will be entered in a draw to win a subscription to Canadian Dimension! Our monthly sustainers will also be entered in the draw.
4 ways to support the NB Media Co-op funding drive:
1. Not a member? Membership lapsed? Join or renew your membership today!
2. Already a dues-paying member? Make a one-time donation or purchase a membership for a friend!
3. Forward this email to five friends and ask them to join the NB Media Co-op.
4. Share our ask on your Facebook and Twitter.
5 reasons to support the NB Media Co-op:
1. In New Brunswick, the daily newspapers are almost entirely owned by one company, Brunswick News, one of the Irving family companies that hold interests in many other sectors of the economy. As an independent non-profit co-operative, we cover stories from the perspectives of those ignored or misrepresented in corporate media, including workers, Indigenous land and water defenders, students, and many other equity-seeking groups. Coverage of marginalized voices and un(der)reported stories is key to a healthy democracy.
2. We rely on membership dues, and donations from individuals and organizations such as labour unions to sustain our work. With more support, we will be able to grow and enhance our news coverage and increase the distribution reach of our print broadsheet, The Brief, and pay our news writers for their stories. In the past year, we formed a partnership with RAVEN (Rural Action and Voices for the Environment) to increase our capacity to cover stories about the environment and rural issues over the next four years.
3. We also hope to bring more thought-provoking events on critical issues to New Brunswick audiences like we have in the past. Some of our favourites include Masuma Khan on building solidarity, Yves Engler on Canada’s imperialist misadventures, a CanadaLand Show on forestry and the Irvings, Jennifer Brant on missing and murdered Indigenous women, Kevin Donovan on the Jian Ghomeshi affair, Alain Déneault on tax havens, Bruce Livesey on “The House of Irvings”, Justin Brake on being criminalized for reporting on Muskrat Falls, and Janice Harvey on eco-political discourse in Canadian media.
4. Through our publication, The Brief, our website, social media, workshops and collaboration with community groups, we seek to create a space for various social movements to connect, get the word out, strategize, and reflect. We report with a progressive analysis and from the perspective that a more equitable and just world is possible. Our recent popular stories include profiles of Charles Thériault and his video blog site “Is Our Forest Really Ours?” and other profiles of rural activists including video interviews that present fresh perspectives in a new format.
5. You could win a prize that also gives love to more independent media!
Sophie, Susan, Tabatha, Iain, Abram, Joshua and Tracy