Today, I glanced at my Facebook status updates and to my delight (and surprise) I saw a new post by Southern Voice (SoVo). Over one week ago, the parent-company, Window-Media, filed for bankruptcy, leaving employees with locked doors and a note telling them the news. SoVo has been an on-the-scene, community newspaper for over 20 years and the loss grieved those in Atlanta and the southeast…not to mention, SoVo was not the only publication under the umbrella of Window-Media…sadness gloomed throughout cities across the United States.
Just moments ago, I saw the light. Actually, I saw a rainbow flag with the words “Join our Cause” typed boldly across the graphic. Intrigued, I clicked on the link and was taken to the website: http://www.SaveSoVo.com.
The first message was written by SoVo editor, Laura Douglas-Brown and is entitiled “The Future of Southern Voice”. With great optimism Douglas-Brown states, “As of today, we have a mailbox, a bank account, and a domain name — http://www.savesovo.com — that mark the official public start of our efforts. We know we can’t really save SoVo — that name now belongs to a bankruptcy court and lienholders — but we can save SoVo’s mission. We want to try.”
Towards the end of the statement, we become more aware of the new vision as Douglas-Brown writes, “Our vision now is a community-owned, community-led LGBT news outlet that focuses on reporting LGBT issues in Atlanta and beyond. We’ll publish through a robust website and a companion print publication. We’ll share more as we know more, and we want to know what you think. As I said at the beginning, it’s been a difficult week. But it’s also exciting and inspiring, and we’re ready to continue the fight. Please join us.”
The SaveSoVo post today was something very uplifting. A matching grant of $12,000 from the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation was received to support efforts to create a new LGBT news source for Atlanta. I am sure many high-fives were exchanged this morning.
I commend the efforts of the SoVo employees that are ready to fight for this vision and bring the community back what we lost. Please help out!
To donate and submit your contact information and ideas to SaveSoVo.com, please click here.
Best wishes & support,
Tristan & Sicily Skye
Founders of TQnation.com
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