Friday, November 26, 2021

All Hawaii News is now a registered nonprofit with big plans ahead

Lauer
 Good news for readers, researchers and donors! 

All Hawaii News is now a certified 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization registered with the IRS, the state Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. That means your donation is likely tax-deductable.

The IRS has listed All Hawaii News as a library. And that's great. Because that's the intent of forming the nonprofit -- to create a new, in-depth website to archive recaps and links to state news in an easy-to-search format. News is too often lost in the ever-changing media landscape, and this is one way to save history.


But creating and maintaining a website that's robust enough to handle all the demands of an online library will not be easy. Or cheap.

As a journalist, I've taken on powerful politicians and big-bucks corporations. I've weighed in on weighty issues and haven't hesitated to call it as I've seen it.

Government officials have gone to federal prison under my watch; government contractors have lost multi-million-dollar jobs.

But there's one thing that absolutely terrifies me: Asking for money to support my work.

Journalists were always taught not to ask. That was a job for the Sales Office, the Advertising Department. We were taught to be scrupulous about avoiding possible conflicts of interest.

Some journalists won't even take a cup of coffee from a source. That's starting to change, as bloggers join the news field and create one-person operations. But there's a fine line and journalists are well-advised not to cross it.

Asking for money just isn't easy. But every once in a while, I have to grit my teeth and ask.

Putting All Hawaii News together each day takes about two hours of reading, culling and aggregating from almost 20 different media sources, so as to provide the top political and government news from all the Hawaiian Islands.

This is a one-woman show. I usually start at 4 a.m. so folks can read the news highlights with their morning coffee or on their smartphones during their daily commute. (Not while they're driving, of course.)

I've been doing this for more than 10 years. Even on vacation.

It would be very meaningful to me if those who find All Hawaii News a helpful news blog to keep you in touch in a hurry, or that @allhawaiinews is often first with political and government news updates, to help put a little jingle in our holiday.

I really hope to get the new website in gear in 2023.

All Hawaii News' "keep the news coming" donate button is on the top right of the homepage. Just click and donate using PayPal or a major credit card. You can even click a button to send an automatic monthly payment.

If you prefer snail-mail, there's a mailbox icon and address on the right side of this page.

How to donate:

    Click the donate button at the top right of the page.
    Donate using a major credit card or PayPal account.
    Send an email to nclauer@gmail.com to get your name and/or link on the sponsor list. (otherwise, your gift will remain anonymous)

A donation no matter how modest would be a vote of confidence in my efforts.

Mahalo, Mele Kalikimaka and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou from All Hawaii News!

Signed,


Publisher, aggregator, columnist, editor and chief bottle-washer Nancy Cook Lauer


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