We have lots of really great organizational news to report:
First, we have hired a third full-time staff member, Madeleine Baran, who many of you are already familiar with as The NewStandardâ€™s most prolific writer. Madeleine is going to continue writing articles, but she is also assuming responsibility for editing the "Work and Money" section, formerly known as the "Business and Economy" section. We are very excited to have her working so closely with us.
Second, Chris Shumway, who was previously a regular contributor to the Iraq in Crisis section is working with us again, this time on a more formal part-time basis. We look forward to lots of great content and editing help from him as well.
And finally, we have just received notice from the IRS that our application for tax-exempt status has been approved! So now donations to PeoplesNetWorks and The NewStandard are tax deductible. We are greatly relieved to have that harrowing process out of the way so we can focus more exclusively on publishing the news and building our organization. Thanks to everyone for bearing with us through the process and for your moral support along the way.
Iâ€™m sure many of our readers have noticed that our content recently has been a bit slower in coming than usual. We have been experiencing a few growing pains. With more staff, we are ambitiously working to lay the groundwork for dramatically increasing the amount of content we publish. We are raising our journalistsâ€™ compensation and streamlining our editing process, and gearing up for a promotional campaign. We are also putting more formal personnel policies in place and developing journalist-training procedures. And, most importantly for our readers, we are developing more site features, which we expect to begin releasing within the next several weeks. We consider all of this an investment in the future of The NewStandard and are working around the clock get it done. We thank our readers for sticking with us while we transition through these changes.