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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:

Tim Coco, Principal, COCO + CO, founder, WHAV.org

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

Demet Haksever, DIrector of Voter Education, League of Woman Voters of Greater Haverhill

John Hamel, Manager, Haverhill Fire Credit Union

Ira Korinow, Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, member, Haverhill Clergy Association and Greater Haverhill Civil Rights Commission

Mike LaBonte, member, Team Haverhill

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

James Vanderpol, Retired director, United Way of Merrimack Valley

Carol Verney, Director, Haverhill Public Library

Community Leaders talk about Haverhill Matters

Watch community leaders talk about how Haverhill Matters can impact the community, and the world!

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.

Media Deserts: Haverhill is Not Alone

Dr. Michelle Ferrier

Haverhill is not alone! In StreetFight Magazine Tom Grubisich writes about media deserts on a national scale.

Haverhill Matters in Fast Company

In the Fast Company article Kickstarter Bets On Bringing The Slow Europe Model Of Journalism To The U.S., Gary Jeanfaivre writes about the future of the local news business, featuring Deca and the Banyan Project.

Looking for Members in Every Neighborhood

Imagine a map of Haverhill that shows the city’s 13 neighborhoods. Imagine hundreds of pins sticking in it, one suggesting the address of each member of Haverhill Matters — on both sides of the river, downtown and in suburban developments.

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