It's been a whirlwind of a week ...

... Let the good Times roll!

Happy Saturday! 

It's hard to believe we started this journey with The Lawrence Times just 5 days ago. As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, we have: 

• Raised $7,031 through GoFundMe. This is double our original goal of $3,000, which we raised in 5 hours and 17 minutes. Within 24 hours, we'd doubled the goal. Your generosity is beyond anything we ever could've imagined, and we are so very grateful. 

• Earned 571 likes and 633 followers on Facebook.

• Gained 652 followers on Twitter and started doing some polling there.

• Received requests for information from 585 interested people.

And earlier this evening — 

• Launched the beginning of a website at— Thank you to a very generous reader who purchased the domain name, got us set up with email addresses and helped with many other tricky web tasks! 


What comes next?

We wanted to get in touch with everyone who filled out the form to say thank you and please stay tuned for more updates soon. (We're also testing out some email services to see which one might get our business — let us know what you think!)

Coming up this week:

  • We'll be reaching out again to many of you who indicated that you want to help with something specific. 
  • We're looking to commission a graphic designer to create our forever logo.
  • We have more meetings set with journalism and media industry pros to get their guidance. 
  • We're putting together a top-notch community advisory board. (We have 3 rockstar Lawrence folks who have already agreed to serve on it, and we can't wait to tell you about them!) 

Read more about the vision and our next steps on the new site.
We hope you'll be going there frequently soon.

Check out the site
Ellie looks forward to inspecting letters to the editor soon. 
We'll be in touch with more updates soon, but we wanted to say THANK YOU again to everyone who has shown support in any way thus far. 

You're helping us pave the way to a brighter future for journalism in Lawrence. 
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