Newspaper Tree El Paso

June 19, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: E. Anthony Martinez
(915) 532-0905
anthony@newspapertree.com

NewspaperTree.com to Launch on July 4th
Community invited to launch party at Memorial Park Reserve Area
on July 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

EL PASO, TEXAS — Newspaper Tree announced today that it is launching a nonprofit news website to provide high-quality, original investigative and community news coverage of the El Paso-Juárez borderlands. The website, www.newspapertree.com, will launch on July 4, 2013 at 12:00 noon. Newspaper Tree is a nonpartisan public service 501(c)(3) media organization.

Members of the public are also invited to attend the NewspaperTree.com launch party on July 4, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Memorial Park Reserve Area (next to the Memorial Park Branch Library) (map).

Local investigative and community news coverage has declined dramatically in recent years due to newsroom layoffs at newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout the nation. In response, nonprofit news ventures are emerging, from California to New Jersey and Wyoming, to fill the void. In the El Paso-Juárez region, there is a critical need for community news covering the people and events in our neighborhoods. In addition, transparency and accountability in public affairs, including policies affecting the US-México border, have never been more important.

“The El Paso-Juárez region is a unique place with unique stories to tell. We live at the crossroads of every major issue facing our state and our nation,” said Newspaper Tree publisher, Anthony Martinez. “Whether the issue is international trade, immigration, language or security, these are our stories. Newspaper Tree can tell these stories better than anyone.”

Newspaper Tree is a member of the Investigative News Network (INN), a network of 82 nonprofit news organizations across North America that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism. Newspaper Tree is supported by members of the public and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Tax-deductible donations to Newspaper Tree can be made online at epcf.org/give/donate (specify “Newspaper Tree Fund”), or by mail (please make checks out to “Newspaper Tree”) at P.O. Box 15, El Paso, Texas 79940.

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April 26, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
Contact: E. Anthony Martinez
(915) 532-0905
anthony@newspapertree.com

IRS Awards 501(c)(3) Status to Newspaper Tree
After almost 24-month wait, borderland independent news organization receives nonprofit status

EL PASO, TEXAS — After almost a two-year wait, the IRS has awarded 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to Newspaper Tree (www.newspapertree.com). “This nonprofit designation marks a new era for Newspaper Tree,” said publisher Anthony Martinez. “We will spend these next weeks in transition to an independent nonprofit, while building a strong foundation and putting together a great team.”

“Patience and diligent work by all parties involved has paid off. The board and El Pasoans alike are excited about the next steps. I am very proud to say I am part of this journey,” said Robin Montoya, president of the board of Newspaper Tree.

In December 2009, the El Paso Community Foundation acquired Newspaper Tree with the goal of fostering independent public service journalism with an emphasis on community news and transparency in government. The nonprofit designation allows Newspaper Tree to become an independent nonprofit news organization and to directly accept tax-deductible donations from the community.

“We are very excited that Newspaper Tree has finally secured their nonprofit designation, especially as a former for-profit publication that has converted to nonprofit status in order to serve the public interest,” said INN’s CEO Kevin Davis. INN (www.investigativenewsnetwork.org) is a network of 82 nonprofit news organizations across North America that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism. Newspaper Tree is a member.

Newspaper Tree is supported by members of the public and a Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC) grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Newspaper Tree anticipates a Summer 2013 launch.

Donations to Newspaper Tree can be made online at https://epcf.org/give/donate (specify “Newspaper Tree Fund”), or by mail (please make checks out to “Newspaper Tree”) at P.O. Box 15, El Paso, Texas 79940.

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