Proposal

Our readers circle the globe. We have many in Africa and they are doing amazing work. I love publishing their stories and photos.

I’m trying to get funding for Groundswell News Journal.

Funding Needs:

  1. Pay authors, photographers, and artists for their work;
  2. Place advertisements in multiple publications to promote our newspaper;
  3. Support travel expenses and fees to attend conferences and other public gatherings;
  4. Purchase a hefty supply of printer cartridges for proofreading; and
  5. Update software and hardware as necessary.

Future Franchises

Once our base is more securely established, we will work with people in other countries to help them create local news sections in their own Groundswell News Journals. We will provide 15 to 20 pages of stories of global interest completely laid out each month and include 4-10 blank pages for our trainees to enter local news and events, depending on how much space they want.

Our “boots-on-the-ground” reporters and editors will develop their own email lists of local people and will transmit their completed newspapers to them. This phase will require additional funding to supply InDesign software and computers to each country’s publisher, plus a budget for their salaries and money to pay contributors. The final result will be a global/local newspaper. Once we’re rolling smoothly, we will advance to weekly production.

Our long-range goal is to keep Groundswell News growing during the 10-12-year period the IPCC requires for humanity to completely change the way the whole world works.

Goals

Our goal for this year is to establish a secure financial base so Iona can work exclusively on Groundswell News with help from an Assistant Editor. One of our dearest goals is that the stories coming out of Africa will touch the hearts of American readers and they will contribute. Our journal has figuratively become a marriage between U.S. readers and Africans working against climate change, poverty, and hunger.

Helping Others

People around the world, most of whom live in less-developed countries than ours, who are working so hard with so many obstacles, will gain greater exposure for their underfunded projects. Hopefully some of our more affluent readers will make donations to them.

One example is Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze of Burundi, a 24-year-old man who started Greening Burundi with a bank micro-loan, then organized a team, bought thousands of bags to fill with dirt, and prepared these bags for seeds. His dream was to get one million trees started in three years. When he told Iona that he had run out of money for seeds, one of her American readers donated $200 towards his tree-nursery. He ran out of money again and had to stop at 40,000 seedlings until more money came in. Iona’s friend then sent him another $200, which goes a long way in Africa. We have featured Emmanuel and his wonderful photos many times. This is just one example of an outcome from following one man and his progress.


Our Wire Editor Speaks, July 2018

For 10 years Iona Conner and I have corresponded regularly via email about climate change-related news.  In the beginning I sold copies of her Order of the Earth News monthly print newspaper both here in the DC-metropolitan area where I live, as well as on trips to Arizona and Canada.  I started forwarding climate change articles to Iona for inclusion in future editions of the newsletter around the time her publication changed its name to The Go-Back Club in 2013.  In December 2015, I volunteered to work as the newsletter’s Wire Editor, which entails reviewing each edition in advance to make sure all articles are accurately linked to their respective online news sources and photographs are properly attributed to their creators/publishers.  This virtual work relationship continues today under her paper’s latest incarnation: Groundswell News.

Despite never having met Iona in person, I’ve learned that she is a knowledgeable, tenacious, and (most importantly) optimistic fighter for protecting Earth’s fragile environment. The news value and aesthetics of her current monthly “newsbooklet” — now 25 pages long — are a testament to her unstinting dedication and drive.  Because she receives no monetary reimbursement for this tireless work, Iona is also one of the most generous people I know.  Never one to rest on her laurels, Iona’s boundless creativity and constant quest in search of newer, better ways to communicate have earned her my unequivocal admiration and respect.

Allen Hengst

Proposal for the Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice

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