Kansas City Northeast News Blank Front Page Aftermath: Community News Paper Earns Nationwide Support
Encouraging money line after a story was picked up by national news outlets and a bevy of cable news shows . . .
"Almost immediately, the donation button on our web site began getting hits, resulting in over $3500. In donations from all over the country, roughly $300 of which is recurring each month. Additionally, we had locally owned businesses reach out to us to offering help and additional ad buys. A Pendleton Heights resident who is with Landmark Bank offered to review our twice denied second round of PPP funding from the Feds. That second look resulted in us getting approved for a second round of funding, further cementing our future in the Historic Northeast community."
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What was born in a "spit-balling" session during our weekly staff meeting discussing how to drastically increase revenue lost when three key advertisers pulled their ads just after Christmas, quickly mushroomed in to an international media event with close to one-hundred media outlets picking up our blank front page concept designed to send the message: a community without a newspaper loses its community voice.