Online Journalism Project
51 Elm St., 3rd floor
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 51 Elm St., 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 668-5790 x
Fax 203-787-4023
E-mail editor@newhavenindependent.org
Mission
To promote development of professional quality hyperlocal online journalism.  
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Paul Bass
Board Chair Norma Rodriguez Reyes
Board Chair Company Affiliation La Voz Hispana
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
Statements
Mission To promote development of professional quality hyperlocal online journalism.  
Background We began in 2005 with the idea of reviving local reporting and using new media tools to involve the community more directly in the process than ever before. It has been exciting to see how that can work and to help design a national model. We were the one of the two first not-for-profit professional local online-online news sites in the country; now many others are following. With a new radio component, we have been able to grow as a voice in, by and for the New Haven community. 
Impact
We have have continued to grow our three existing projects, daily news websites with strong community participation, in New Haven, Branford, and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. In August 2015, we launched a low-power FM station and 24/7 radio stream integrated into the website to broaden that mission and further engage the community.
 
We have developed a "true vote" regular feature that asks readers to put themselves in the position of decision-makers on pressing issues. We have hired new staffers who bring a broader perspective to our site. We have increased our work with young people, from internships to enlisting a host of students to help collect results on election night.
Needs Our biggest need is ongoing funding to publish and run our radio station. We run on charitable donations and foundation grants. Sponsorships by organizations begin at $15,000 a year. Individuals are asked to contribute $120 up to $1,000.
CEO Statement Running the Online Journalism Project has revived my faith in local journalism and public discourse. I've had to learn the importance of taking a stronger hand to moderating comments from readers than I'd originally envisioned. That has paid off. It's a lot of work, but it has brought many different perspectives into the mix, and kept the tone civil.
Board Chair Statement Our ongoing challenge has been building a sustainable funding base. We have done that in part by seeking donors open to longer-term commitments. In that way we have built a base that covers approximately half of our annual expenses. We have separately addressed this challenge by developing an arts beat that has attracted a separate institutional base, in part through a flyer "billboard" and Sunday e-mail newsletter focusing on culture.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
New Haven
Branford
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Ansonia
Bethany
Derby
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
We started in New Haven, then Branford, then the lower Naugatuck Valley.
Programs
Description Not-for-profit daily news website.
Population Served US / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. People reading half a dozen or more articles a day about news and issues in New Haven, and responding.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We track daily statistics on readership, hear daily from stakeholders throughout the community about stories, and observe policy deliberations.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. School reform in New Haven, new police procedures respecting the rights of citizens to video-record the actions of officers in public; over 300,000 unique visitors a month to the site.
Description Not-for-profit daily news website
Population Served Adults / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Daily production of articles about events in town, including stories read statewide about the major storms and the community's reaction to them.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Feedback from community; reader monitoring.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Statewide linking to stories about the storms and about the prospects of a local nominee for a state judgeship.
Description Not-for-profit daily news website
Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Stories offering essential information about how to cope with major storms; exposing municipal corruption; highlighting public education debates.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Community feedback; monitoring reader statistics.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Policies were changed in Ansonia and other Valley communities after exposes by the Independent Sentinel, and other media picked up on the stories.
Description WNHH is a not-for-profit grassroots community radio station broadcast at 103.5 FM and live-streamed at www.newhavenindependent.org.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our biggest challenges include sustainability/funding and broadening our relationship with readers in how we cover news. We are developing a new radio project that is drawing new support and increasing the number of New Haveners who produce content, as well as increasing the number of ways people interact with us. We have also developed a growing list of donors who agree to multi-year gifts so we can plan further into the future.
CEO/Executive Director
Paul Bass
Term Start July 2005
Email pauljbass@gmail.com
Experience A reporter and editor in New Haven for over 35 years; co-author of Murder in the Model City: The Black Panthers, Yale, & The Redemption of a Killer (Basic Books 2006).
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
We work with WNPR on content sharing, and most of all with La Voz Hispana every day on stories and community events.And we share articles with the Inner-City newspaper.
Board Chair
Norma Rodriguez Reyes
Company Affiliation La Voz Hispana
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Paul Bass New Haven Independent
Michelle Chihara Writer
Gemma Joseph Lumpkin Education consultant
Jack Walsh United Way, Naugatuck Valley
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Audit Documents
Audit2016
Audit (mgt. ltr.)2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$420,566$384,507$330,846
Administration Expense$71,132$63,265$59,667
Fundraising Expense$47,385$42,169$34,261
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.211.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$930,870$485,010$397,982
Current Assets$914,027$459,294$396,622
Long-Term Liabilities$60,000$60,277$605
Current Liabilities$356,572$5,326$83,221
Total Net Assets$514,298$419,407$314,156
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $125,000Seedlings Foundation $140,000The Seedlings Foundation $75,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJohn S. and Samuel L. Knight Foundation $75,000John S. and Samuel L. Knight Foundation $112,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Valley Community Foundation $55,000Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $27,000John S. and Samuel L. Knight Foundation $37,500
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.5686.244.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%12%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments


Foundation Staff Comments
The 2012 990 and audit is in process.  

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 51 Elm St., 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 668-5790
CEO/Executive Director Paul Bass
Board Chair Norma Rodriguez Reyes
Board Chair Company Affiliation La Voz Hispana

 

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