Announcing the Inaugural Brown Daily Herald Annual Appeal
2009 was a busy year for The Brown Daily Herald.
Under the stewardship of The Herald's first Alumni Relations Director, former Metro Editor and Senior Editor Anne Wootton '08.5, seven decades' worth of Herald alumni have reconnected with their time at College Hill's newspaper of record and we are well on our way to realizing a digitized Herald archive and self-sustaining financial aid program.
With over $100,000 raised to date, we are making progress towards digitizing 120 years of Brown history and ensuring that Brown's best and brightest can work on The Herald, regardless of their individual financial circumstances. These initial funds have provided for the digitization of 30 years of Herald history (over 25,000 pages!), provided financial assistance to a dozen Herald staffers, and facilitated several Herald alumni meetups in Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.
Help us meet our year-end goal: $10,000 by New Year's
But there is much left to be done. Please consider giving to The Herald this year as part of our first-ever Annual Appeal. We need your support and a gift of any size to The Brown Daily Herald will help to ensure that we continue making strides towards securing the future and preserving the past of College Hill's newspaper of record. Gifts to The Herald are tax-deductible. Additionally, The Herald is eligible to receive corporate matching gifts.
Donate to the Inaugural Brown Daily Herald Annual Appeal!
At the Herald's alumni website and network, Since 1891, anyone can learn more about Herald projects, and alums can access a private network, post on communal message boards, and register for an alumni e-newsletter and Herald updates. Launched in April of this year, Since 1891 is a growing network of Herald alumni, with over 200 registered members. It is our goal to have 500 Herald alumni on the site before the end of 2009, and most importantly, to have every editorial and business board represented in its membership.
Browse Since 1891 and reconnect with fellow alumni
Herald alumni meetups in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC have provided dozens of Herald alums with the opportunity to reconnect with Herald friends and forge new connections with former Herald staffers spanning a range of decades. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events in your area!
In this newsletter, you'll find more information about the digitization initiative and testimonials from Herald staffers who have benefited from the financial aid program, in addition to an update from the editorial staff about what's been happening at the paper this semester. I hope that you will consider supporting The Herald this year, and I look forward to hearing your questions or feedback -- my contact information is below. I would be thrilled to receive suggestions or to direct your interest in getting more involved with our growing Herald alumni network. Forward this email to your Herald friends and spread the word about what's going on at the Herald today!
Many thanks and all the best,
Digitizing The Brown Daily Herald
Since the launch of The Brown Daily Herald Digital Archive in May 2008, over 20 additional years -- almost 20,000 additional pages -- from The Herald's bound volumes have been digitized. All of the new content has been recently added to the archive. More refined search capabilities -- including thumbnails, greater browse functionality and highlighted search terms and articles -- are also planned for the future. Just a few minutes spent perusing the archive furnishes an intriguing and fascinating look into The Herald's rich history.
While the Brown Library provides valuable in-kind technical support, the project is unique compared to those at peer institutions because Herald staff have been solely responsible for raising funds. To date, $60,000 has been raised or pledged from individual donors. In many cases, individuals have stepped forward on their own or banded together in small groups to fund the digitization of their time at Brown or at The Herald.
To that end, donors have been exclusively Brown alums drawn primarily from The Herald's living alumni base. The Herald is also working with the Brown Library to pursue grant opportunities for this project at the state and federal level. The Herald is actively seeking gifts for this project and we encourage donors to consider the digitization of any year in the newspaper's archive. Fund the digitization of any full year from before 1940 with a gift of $2,500, any year between 1940-1980 with $5,000 or any year from 1980-present with $7,500.
When digitization is complete, former Herald writers will be able to access every article they've ever written with a click; current students will be able to search for any subject in The Herald over the span of more than a century; and historians, scholars and novelists will be able to read about the thoughts and lives of Brunonians over the course of two World Wars, the Civil Rights movement, man's first walk on the Moon and September 11, 2001. A gift of any size toward digitization will help support and advance this ambitious undertaking towards preserving this important record of Brown's history.
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Update from the Newsroom
The newsroom and editors at 195 Angell St. welcomed dozens of new staffers to life at The Herald this fall. Every undergraduate class is represented in the new crop of writers, photographers, designers, copy editors and business associates.
New staffers have already played important roles in The Herald's coverage of news on and around campus, including rallies supporting Brown Dining Services workers' contract re-negotiations (pictured here) and the famous Chinese food truck's transition to a more permanent location.
Our more seasoned reporters and section editors joined forces with photographers, designers and web staffers for a five part series on Brown's relationship with Providence. The full series ran in print at the end of October and can be found online at http://browndailyherald.com/series/town-brown.
The Herald's alt-weekly publication, post- magazine, started off the semester with a fresh look of its own. The magazine's new website, post.browndailyherald.com, mixes its in-print magazine style with exclusive online content and blogs that are updated throughout the week. The relaunched post- site, which is independently designed and operated, opens up opportunities for a new-media approach to covering student life at Brown. Along with The Herald's recently redesigned homepage and presence on Facebook and Twitter, post-'s site gives students, parents, alums and Rhode Islanders a new way to stay in tune with life on College Hill -- from anywhere with Internet access.
-Steve DeLucia '10
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