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To the Haverhill Community,

We bring you good news about news: at long last, Haverhill can again have the kind of timely and comprehensive community-focused reporting that our city needs and deserves – if we really want it.

Haverhill has the good fortune to have been selected as the pilot city for a new approach to community news:  a co-op publishing company owned not by distant investors but by hundreds of local people like us, whose motivation is to better our community. It will produce a Web publication called Haverhill Matters, free for all to read and different in character from most journalism today:

  • With deep community roots, it will cover the news in ways that are in accord with our needs.
  • It will welcome co-op members’ collaboration and offer easy ways for members to join others to work for constructive community change.
  • In a culture awash in unreliable information, it promises to be worthy of your trust:  Local co-op ownership ensures that the professional staff will be accountable to the people of our community.

Here’s where the “if we really want it” part comes in:  For Haverhill Matters to happen, hundreds of us must first step up to become member/owners of the co-op.

As leaders of institutions devoted to Haverhill’s well being, we can’t imagine letting this opportunity get away.  So we’ve committed not only to becoming founding members but also to serving as the co-op’s organizing committee. This letter is our public pledge to do all we can to promote membership, to raise money, and to gather other needed resources.

Please join us in pledging to become a member! Membership gives you an ownership stake and a vote in governing an institution whose mission is to ensure the community-focused daily reporting that Haverhill needs and deserves. Filling out the secure Web membership form should take you less than a minute – and no money is due until we reach a critical mass of pledges. 

Act now to make Haverhill Matters happen sooner – and invite Haverhill people you know to read this letter and join this important effort.

Thanks for your interest, and please spread the word! Click here to learn more.

Mike LaBonte and John Cuneo, Co-chairs, Haverhill Matters Organizing Committee

Here are the names and affiliations of the Haverhill Matters Organizing Committee:

Amy Callahan, Journalism Professor, Northern Essex Community College

Chris and Kathy Kaczor

John Cuneo, Executive Director, Community Action Inc., member, Team Haverhill

John Hamel, Manager, Haverhill Fire Credit Union

Mike LaBonte, member, Team Haverhill

Carole Pelchat, President, League of Woman Voters of Greater Haverhill

Fred Simmons, Excutive Board member, SEIU 888

James Vanderpol, Retired director, United Way of Merrimack Valley

The Organizing Committee is assisted and advised by Tom Stites of the Banyan Project, without whom Haverhill Matters would not exist.

Community Leaders talk about Haverhill Matters

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Haverhill Farmers’ Market

Haverhill Matters finds supporters of all ages.

To show their support for Haverhill Matters people at the Haverhill Farmers' Market wrote what Haverhill Matters means to them on hand-held signs and posed for photos, now showing in our Supporters photo gallery.

Brunch Finds Engaged Supporters

Brunch Matters!

Seventeen hungry people devoured the eggs, fruit and bagels at Sunday’s Haverhill Matters brunch — and they gobbled up the idea of a new co-op Web news site that will bring our city the reliable, robust and timely news and information that it so needs. The conversation was spirited, even passionate.

50 Founding Members - a Haverhill Matters Milestone

Possible Dreams

Haverhill Matters attended Team Haverhill's 2015 Possible Dreams event, and our 50th founding member joined on the spot. People brought so many wonderful ideas and worthwhile projects to the event, and they all had one thing in common: they were all looking for a way to get the word out. Haverhill certainly has more things going on than it has ways for people to find out about them We were honored to have the community respond so enthusistically to the idea that Haverhill Matters is here to become how Hillies stay in touch at the local level.

Co-ops in Sixty Seconds

Co-ops in Sixty Seconds

Here’s a video that, in just one minute, explains cooperatives — and helps show why Haverhill Matters is organizing itself as a news co-op that will be owned by readers.


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