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Today, Tues. Dec. 3 is #GivingNews Day.  Ark Valley Voice has been selected by the Colorado Media Project to participate in a newsroom grant that will provide a $5,000 match if it receives at least $5,000 in donations from its local communities and readers by Dec. 31. The project is recognition that community journalism is necessary for a functioning democracy and of the role played by Ark Valley Voice providing that news to its readers.

The #Giving NewsDay campaign kicks off today, the same day as the national “Giving Tuesday” appeal and runs throughout December. Only eighteen Colorado newsrooms have been selected for this News Match grant. While in the past the focus was only on non-profit news rooms, this year for the first time, the Colorado Media Project invited a few, small for-profit news rooms, including Ark Valley Voice (which does not charge readers for its news coverage), to participate in the #GivingNews Day $5,000 match. All monthly donations to AVV will be matched at the 12x rate, and one-time contributions will be doubled by the NewsMatch grant.

The Colorado effort is part of the National News Match campaign, designed to support quality journalism, strengthen a free press and restore trust in news media as a critical aspect of functioning democracy. The founders considered a free press so important, that they wrote protection of it into our Constitution. In 1823, Thomas Jefferson reaffirmed that protection, saying “The only security of all is in a free press.”

“The inclusion of Ark Valley Voice in the Colorado News Match grant is recognition of the hard work of Ark Valley Voice journalists to make sure that truth has a voice in this community and beyond,” said Managing Editor Jan Wondra. “We believe in our mission. This Colorado Media Project grant opportunity, together with our recent acceptance as members of the Colorado Press Association, heralds the next chapter for Ark Valley Voice.”

Ark Valley Voice invites readers to pass along news of its inclusion in this match grant to your friends and family under the theme #newsCOneeds. More about Colorado Media Project participating newsrooms is available here.

Ark Valley Voice has grown far beyond the Upper Arkansas Valley, which is beloved by residents and visitors alike. Ark Valley Voice digital news has a significant readership on the Front Range, and it is now read in 41 states, and in more than 30 countries.

According to analytics, its readership matches the demographics of America, skewing younger than readers of print media, and giving indications that it is more involved in social, environmental and conservation issues. To donate follow this link.