After The Jump: An Appeal To Help Laid-Off Journalists

Palm Beach Post reporter Stacey Singer has an idea to help the growing number of laid-off South Florida journalists:

"With our profession disintegrating, I believe we need to band together in a constructive way, and create a non-profit organization whose mission is to help journalists transcend this transition into the unknown."

But to get started, she needs the pro-bono help of a lawyer. Surely one of our local barristers can give a hand, no? Singer's number -- and plea -- follows, appropriately, after the jump.

With our profession disintegrating, I believe we need to band together in a constructive way, and create a non-profit organization whose mission is to help journalists transcend this transition into the unknown.

I'm looking for people who would consider serving on a real, not virtual, board, and put real time and effort into raising money, organizing health insurance resources, a child care pool, tech support resources...whatever our colleagues need to help them survive and thrive as journalism jobs disappear.

We're looking for pro-bono legal help and non-profit consulting advice to get started. I'd like to get folks working on issues of governance, fundraising and guidelines. Will you help? This is a great chance to show our friends how much we care, and to learn new skills that will help our own careers in the changing information marketplace.

The board of the South Florida chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists has voiced their support for this effort to help our colleagues. I want to get the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors involved, too.

I'm proposing calling this organization "After the Jump: Helping Journalists in Transition."

Please contact me if you'd like to get involved. We'll have an organizational meeting soon.

Sincerely,
Stacey Singer DeLoye
[email protected]
561-738-5123

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