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March 23, 2005

Shout Out to a Smart Activist

Life is still really hectic around here, but we're hoping that very soon a lot of changes will be fully in place and our operation will be smoother than ever.

We've been working a lot on the "back end" software that runs the website, trying to streamline and simplify our "logistical overhead" so we can spend more time working on content (or maybe just a little less time working, which wouldn't be a crime, as we're constantly reminded by friends and neighbors).

The first issue of our periodic newsletters is just about complete and is scheduled for e-delivery to all our premium members over the weekend. We plan to send it out to Premium Members only. It will contain a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff about our day-to-day operations and try to give our supporters a better idea of what we do with their generous donations.

Along those same lines, we have an annual report in the works, and now that we've begun to streamline some of our accounting, we're going to begin making our budget completely transparent so people can compare us to what they suspect other mainstream and alternative media outlets are making and spending, and so they can know exactly how far we stretch a buck.

But pesonally, my main reason for writing is to publicly thank Craig Berlingo of Craig just did me a solid favor by writing some fairly complex code that I just could not do myself and making a part of the site that you (and he) will never see but which is nonetheless crucial to us work like a charm.

SmartActivist is our absolute favorite progressive link aggregator since the sad demise of News Insider, and it is totally underrated, presumably because Craig just serves links straight up and doesn't make childish comments or use the site as his personal soap-box. Integrity and quality are all too often the understated hallmarks of underappreciated media work.


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