dashTHIRTYdash ISO New Fiscal Sponsor

dashTHIRTYdash’s fiscal sponsorship by the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans ended June 28, 2013. Thanks to the CAC for its support in the past year.

Although the fall-off in donations that precipitated this decision is to be expected nearly nine months after Times-Picayune employees were laid off, now is when the need is becoming critical because the severance of former employees who have not yet found a new job is either ending or being exhausted. So, dashTHIRTYdash is in the market for a new 501(c)3 sponsor, but until we can line up another organization, our ability to accept donations – either via checks or credit cards – has been temporarily suspended. (dashTHIRTYdash founder Rebecca Theim still plans to donate half of the post-expense proceeds of her upcoming book about this saga to the fund, so we’re on the hunt for a non-profit willing to handle our finances, check processing and distribution for a reasonable administrative fee.)

Thanks to everyone for your support thus far. Stay tuned and stay strong!

One laid-off Times-Picayune employee’s heart-breaking story

6/28/13: Thanks to all who contributed. We raised $1,075 from 12 individuals in less than 24 hours, almost all of whom are former employees of The Times-Picayune, along with two who continue to work for NOLA Media Group, along with a couple of diehard supporters. CAC already has cut the check to the former employee, and it made it to her in time to pay her mortgage. Thanks again.

6/27/13: A not-so-happy turn in the previously happy postscript: The former Times-Picayune production employee profiled below started the new job in April, which she secured with the help of a former newspaper colleague. However, she was forced to leave it only a couple of weeks later after it aggravated a chronic health condition she has. As of late June 2013, she had not secured another job. She has exhausted her reserves, and has no way to pay her July mortgage payment, due on the 16th. Can you help?

4/9/2013: A happy postscript to this sad story. The former Times-Picayune employee whose sad story is relayed below started a new job Monday, thanks largely to a recommendation from a fellow former T-P employee. She’s thrilled and wanted to thank everyone involved with dashTHIRTYdash.

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I just had the saddest conversation since The Times-Picayune nightmare began. I was speaking with the wife of a married couple who worked together for about 15 years at the newspaper before they both lost their jobs Sept. 30 as part of last fall’s Purge.

After losing his job at the Picayune in September, the husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away six weeks later. The wife has not gotten another job yet because she was caring for him. “All the dreams and things we were having in our minds, we know they will never happen,” she told me about losing their jobs and benefits. “And now, with his passing, all life has changed forever, and it will never be the same.”

If you can help, checks may be sent to the Contemporary Arts Center – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – c/o Nanette R. Saucier, Director of Accounting & Financial Services, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908. If you also add “Packaging” in the memo line, I will personally make sure your donation is sent directly to the widow. If you prefer to pay by credit card (at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash) and want the money to go to her, comment on this post or send me an email (at rebecca [at] rebeccatheim dot com) when you put your payment through and I’ll make sure the donation is earmarked specifically for her.

As former employees’ severance runs out and the economy remains troubled, I fear we’ll hear more stories like this one, but this is the saddest one I’ve heard so far.

Thanks.

Last major investigation produced by Times-Picayune before purge wins prestigious national award

Several winners to donate share of prize money to dashTHIRTYdash

Louisiana Incarcerated,” the eight-part expose about the state’s prison system and the LAIncarcerated_LOGOlast major investigative project produced by The Times-Picayune before last year’s mass layoff, has been named the 2012-13 winner of the prestigious John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.

Several members of the team that produced the report have indicated they will donate their share of the $1,000 prize money to dashTHIRTYdash. Currently, 59 applicants are awaiting a second distribution the non-profit will make once enough donations are received to sufficiently undeLAIncarcerated_screen_shotrwrite it.

Of the core team that produced the series – reporters Cindy Chang, Jonathan Tilove, John Simerman and Jan Moller, photographer Scott Threlkeld, and graphics artist Ryan Smith – only one remains with the newspaper. Of the larger group of 13 who were significantly involved with the project – Chang, Tilove, Simerman, Moller, Threlkeld, Smith, managing editors Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea, photo editor G. Andrew Boyd, city editor Gordon Russell, political editor Tim Morris, designer George Berke, and copy editor Katherine Hart – seven were laid off (although one was subsequently rehired).

JohnJay_LOGOThe award, sponsored by the country’s preeminent academic institution on criminal justice, honors investigative, feature and enterprise journalism that significantly enhances public understanding of criminal justice issues. It is administered by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay, and judged by a panel of leading journalists and educators.

“Louisiana is the world prison capital,” an introduction to the series begins. “The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran’s, 13 times China’s, and 20 times Germany’s. The hidden engine behind the state’s well-oiled prison machine is cold, hard cash.” The series fueled public support for passage of a state bill making some nonviolent offenders eligible for earlier parole, according to the news release announcing the award.

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Former Times-Picayune projects reporter Cindy Chang is now at the L.A. Times

Chang, who now covers immigration for the Los Angeles Times, will travel to New York to accept the award Feb. 4. She’ll likely rub elbows with David Simon, creator of the HBO series “Treme,” about post-Katrina New Orleans. Simons, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, also created HBO’s “The Wire” and is being recognized for his career contribution to criminal justice journalism.

Credit card donations to dashTHIRTYdash may be made securely online at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash. Donations by check should be made payable to the organization’s fiscal sponsor, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – & mailed to the CAC, c/o Nanette R. Saucier, Director of Accounting & Financial Services, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908.

Applications now being accepted for second round of dashTHIRTYdash grants

Laid-off Times-Picayune employees are invited to apply through Dec. 1, 2012 for a second round of grants from dashTHIRTYdash.

Anyone laid-off Times-Picayune employee or contractor who received a grant in the first distribution and would like to receive one in the second distribution does not have to complete the application again, but instead should add his or her name at this link. Anyone whose seeking a grant for the first time may apply by completing the forms at http://dashthirtydash.org/dashthirtydash-grant-application/ and submitting them as directed.

dashTHIRTYdash, a non-profit created by newspaper alumni and civic activists, raised money for the hundreds of Times Picayune employees and contractors who lost their jobs Oct. 1 as the 175-year-old Times-Picayune ended daily publication in favor of a thrice-weekly edition and decided to focus on its website. The layoffs reduced its total staff by one-third and its newsroom by almost one-half, the newspaper reported in June. (NOLA Media Group, the newspaper’s new parent company, has since hired some new, primarily younger and less-experienced employees.)

dashTHIRTYdash distributed its first round of grants earlier this month to 75 former staffers and contractors, who had an average tenure with the newspaper of 20.6 years.

Individuals, companies or organizations are encouraged to continue to donate to dashTHIRTYdash, which will include additional contributions in its second distribution. Donations may be made securely by credit card at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash. Alternatively, contributions by check should be made payable to the “Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans” – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – and mailed to CAC, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908. (The CAC is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, making dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible.)

Gambit awards dashTHIRTYdash another “bouquet”

Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative news weekly, awarded dashTHIRTYdash another “bouquet” in its weekly “Bouquets + Brickbats” feature, this time in the Oct. 30 edition, for the nonprofit’s work in providing grants to 75 laid-off Times-Picayune employees and contractors who applied for financial assistance.

Check out the “bouquet” in the digital edition of the issue by clicking here, or see it below:

Thanks, Gambit!

Checks, BTW, should be going out to recipients next week, via dashTHIRTYdash’s fiscal agent, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.

Gambit first awarded dashTHIRTYdash a bouquet June 26 in connection with one of the first benefits for the organization. Read that one by clicking here.

dashTHIRTYdash to distribute grants to 75 laid-off Times-Picayune staffers with almost 1,568 total years at newspaper

Seventy-five laid-off Times-Picayune employees, who worked for the newspaper for a combined total of almost 1,568 years, will receive direct cash grants from dashTHIRTYdash in the charity’s first of two planned distributions.

dashTHIRTYdash, a non-profit created by newspaper alumni and civic activists to raise money for the hundreds of Times Picayune employees and contractors who lost their jobs Oct. 1, has raised approximately $60,000 to-date. The money came from individual donations, benefits held by New Orleans restaurants and businesses, an online auction that attracted donations from some of the country’s biggest names in news and talk, and a Sept. 29 New Orleans fundraiser underwritten largely by the community.

The layoffs, which the newspaper reported in June reduced its total staff by one-third and its newsroom by almost one-half, came as the 175-year-old Times-Picayune ended daily publication in favor of a thrice-weekly edition and decided to focus on its website. NOLA Media Group, the newspaper’s new parent company, has since hired some new, primarily younger and less-experienced employees.

The grant applicants’ average tenure with the newspaper was 20.6 years.

“It’s clear that members of this group were among the most experienced working at the newspaper,” said dashTHIRTYdash founder and former Times-Picayune reporter Rebecca Theim. “Because of the stage many of these people are in their careers, they may face considerable challenges securing new employment, particularly if they want to remain in New Orleans.”

The odds may be even more formidable if they hope to continue their careers in the newspaper business: in the past five years, U.S. newspapers have eliminated almost 40,000 jobs, or more than 11% of total industry employment, according to Paper Cuts, the recognized industry source on newspaper layoffs and consolidations.

“We realize the assistance dashTHIRTYdash is able to provide each individual is nominal, but we hope it will help make a mortgage or rent payment, go toward equipment or training needed for a new job or business, or help meet some other important need,” Theim added. “More than anything, we want the former employees and contractors to know their work at the daily newspaper was deeply appreciated.”

Of those applying for assistance, 41% came from the newspaper’s pressroom and packaging operations, while 28% came from editorial (including the newsroom, and photography and graphics/art/design staffs). Those departments were the hardest-hit by the layoffs, according to figures in a June 12 Times-Picayune article.

The size of grants each applicant will receive depends on whether he or she was full-time, or a part-time employee or contractor. Eleven were part-time, and 64 worked full-time. More information about how the money is being allocated is available at http://dashthirtydash.org/2012/08/23/formula/.

The fund anticipates making at least one additional disbursement. The deadline for applying to receive money in that second distribution is Dec. 1. Any former employee or contractor who applied for a grant in the first disbursement will be contacted regarding his or her desire to be included in the second. Any laid-off T-P employee or contractor who did not apply for the first distribution may apply for the second distribution by completing the form at http://dashthirtydash.org/dashthirtydash-grant-application/ and submitting it as directed.

Individuals, companies or organizations are encouraged to continue to donate to dashTHIRTYdash, which will include additional contributions in its second distribution. Donations may be made securely by credit card at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash. Alternatively, contributions by check should be made payable to the “Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans” – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – and mailed to CAC, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908. (The CAC is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, making dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible.) More information is at http://www.dashTHIRTYdash.org.

Major Contributors To-Date

Contributions have come from a wide cross-section of the community. The largest contributions, in descending order of size, to-date are:

  • Anonymous gift via the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Inc.
  • Former Times-Picayune Managing Editor Dan Shea, and Stephanie Stokes, the newspaper’s “Inside Out” editor: (including auction proceeds)
  • New Orleans jeweler Mignon Faget, who is donating 10% of the sales of her Times-Picayune-themed pins and double old fashioned glasses
  • Times-Picayune “Social Scene” columnist Nell Nolan, former Times-Picayune political cartoonist Steve Kelley, local actress Ashley Nolan and Mid-City Theatre, which donated proceeds from a September stage production in which the trio starred. The donation was made in memory of communications strategist and civic activist Diana Pinckley, the late wife of longtime Times-Picayune reporter John Pope
  • Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group (Red Fish Grill, Jazz Kitchen®, Ralph’s on the Park, café b, café NOMA and Heritage Grill), which donated 100% of the proceeds from its “Save the Picayune” signature cocktails created shortly after the news of the paper’s coming changes broke in late May
  • The Avenue Pub, which donated 100% of its June 28 bar proceeds, and included beer donated by NOLA Brewing Co. and Crescent Crown Distributing
  • Former Times-Picayune Outdoors Editor Bob Marshall, whose Lake Pontchartrain fishing expedition proved so popular in the fund’s online auction that he agreed to provide two additional ones to requesting runner-up bidders
  • The New Orleans law firm of Smith Stagg LLC, which was a sponsor of the Sept. 29 fundraiser
  • LaPetite Grocery Restaurant and Bar, which donated 30% of its sales from a special June 26 benefit dinner
  • Slim Goodies Diner, which donated 20% of its July 1 receipts, and also collected about three dozen direct donations solicited from customers

“We’re deeply grateful to the businesses, organizations and individuals who not only donated to this important cause, but also often provided a way for people in the community to also rally behind those who were losing their jobs,” Theim said.

Sept. 29 Fundraiser Largely Underwritten by Community

The Sept. 29 fundraiser and accompanying auction raised the most money for the charity. It was also billed as a send-off to the daily Times-Picayune and occurred on the newspaper’s final Saturday of daily publication. All laid-off employees and contractors were invited to attend for free. The Howlin’ Wolf donated its Warehouse District facility for the event, which drew more than 300, including Times-Picayune staffers and alumni from seven decades and about 10 U.S. states, spanning from Hawaii to New York.

Restaurants and eateries that donated cuisine to the Sept. 29 fundraiser included: a Mano; Cafe Atchafalaya; Galatoire’s; Ralph’s on the Park; Rio Mar Seafood; Liberty’s Kitchen; Martin Wine Cellar Catering; and Whole Foods Market Arabella Station.

Musicians who organized or donated entertainment included: Jason Patterson, of Snug Harbor and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration; keyboardist and WWOZ host David Torkanowsky; longtime former Radiators guitarist Camile Baudoin; jazz pianist and vocalist Matt Lemmler; the Charmaine Neville Band; swing harmony group The Pfister Sisters; jazz saxophonist and bandleader Martin Krusche; and singer and guitarist John Rankin.

Celebrities who contributed experiences or items for the online auction included: Anderson Cooper; The Ellen Show; TODAY Show; “Meet the Press;” CNN anchor, special correspondent and New Orleans native Soledad O’Brien; “Good Morning America;” ABC-TV and NPR veteran political analyst and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts; and notedauthor, New Orleans native and States-Item alum Walter Isaacson. The auction also featured art work, photography and other items donated or created by Times-Picayune employees and alumni and New Orleanians.

In addition, Rock ‘n’ Bowl donated its facility for a Sept. 28 reunion that attracted almost 200.

Application deadline for grants from dashTHIRTYdash extended until Oct. 12

The deadline for the first grant distribution from dashTHIRTYdash has been extended by two days, until Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 PM CDT.

The grants are available for any Times-Picayune employee or contractor who lost their job because of the newspaper’s decision to end daily publication.

Funds will be disbursed among all employees and contractors who apply for it, without regard for individual financial circumstances. (If you’re interested in more information about how the money will be allocated, please click here.)

All applications will be kept strictly confidential; an absolutely minimal number of people will have access to the applications, and dashTHIRTYdash will not publicly disclose the identities of anyone who applies for or receives grants.

To receive a grant, click on this link – dashTHIRTYdash_GrantApplication – and complete the attached form and IRS W-9 form and return it by email or fax as indicated.

Distributions and Deadlines

dashTHIRTYdash plans two distributions of money: one around Nov. 1, 2012, and another by Dec. 31, 2012.

If you apply for a grant by Oct. 12, you’ll receive your first check around Nov. 1, and automatically be contacted about whether you’d like to also receive a grant in the second distribution. (If you get a new job before the second distribution, we hope that you will opt out and leave more money to be divided among your former colleagues who have not yet gotten new jobs.)

Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to donate to dashTHIRTYdash may still do so. Donations may be made securely by credit card at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash. To donate by check, make checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – and mail to CAC, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908. The CAC is serving as dashTHIRTYdash’s fiscal sponsor, so all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

dashTHIRTYdash now accepting applications for grants

dashTHIRTYdash is now accepting applications for grants from Times-Picayune employees and contractors who are losing their jobs because of the newspaper’s decision to end daily publication.

Funds will be disbursed among employees and contractors who apply for it, without regard for individual financial circumstances. (If you’re interested in more information about how the money will be allocated, please click here.)

All applications will be kept strictly confidential; a minimum number of people will have access to the applications and dashTHIRTYdash will not publicly disclose the identities of anyone who applies for or receives grants.

To receive a grant, click on this link – dashTHIRTYdash_GrantApplication – and complete the attached form and IRS W-9 form and return it by email or fax as indicated.

Distributions and Deadlines

dashTHIRTYdash plans two distributions of money: one no later than Nov. 1, 2012, and another by Dec. 31, 2012.

Applications for receiving grants in the first distribution must be received by Oct. 10, 2012. If you apply for a grant by that deadline, you’ll receive your first check by Nov. 1, and automatically be contacted about whether you’d like to also receive a grant in the second distribution. (If you get a new job before the second distribution, we hope that you will opt out and leave more money to be divided among your former colleagues who have not yet gotten new jobs.)

Thank you for your dedication and hard work during your tenure with The Times-Picayune. We hope these grants will help you transition to another great job or an even greater retirement.

dashTHIRTYdash announces formula for calculating donations

Times-Picayune employees, freelancers and contractors will be eligible for financial assistance from dashTHIRTYdash based on a tiered formula that will allocate payments based upon whether an applicant is a full-time or part-time employee or a contractor.

The formula was agreed upon by two separate groups that included Times-Picayune employees and alumni, community leaders with extensive fundraising and non-profit experience, and individuals representing organizations donating to the fund. The decision also was informed by an online survey including Times-Picayune employees and alumni and civic and community activists.

Like its unaffiliated predecessor, the “Friends of The Times-Picayune” post-Katrina employee relief fund, dashTHIRTYdash organizers decided not to allocate the money by judging an individual’s relative need based on his or her personal circumstances. Instead, dashTHIRTYdash will distribute contributions it collects uniformly, based solely on whether applicants are full-time or part-time employees, or freelancers or contractors.

“We didn’t want to be in the position of judging our former co-workers’ individual personal circumstances in deciding how much money they would receive,” dashTHIRTYdash representative Rebecca Theim said. “We understand from the organizers of Friends of The Times-Picayune that employees only tapped that fund if they truly needed it, and we are confident that dashTHIRTYdash will have the same experience.”

Although freelancers and contractors – including newspaper carriers, some of whom already have had their contracts terminated by the newspaper – are not technically employees of The Times-Picayune Publishing Corp. and may not lose their entire livelihood because of the changes, they nonetheless will be hurt by them

To try to account for those differences, dashTHIRTYdash will allocate and distribute contributions along the following formula:

  • Full-time Times-Picayune employees: 1.0 point.
  • Part-time employees, freelancers and contractors (including newspaper carriers): 0.5 point.

In other words, part-time employees, contractors and freelancers will receive one-half the distribution that full-time employees receive. This allocation tries to take into consideration that freelancers and contractors are ineligible for severance and state unemployment benefits as a result of The Times-Picayune no longer contracting with them, but that they and part-time employees often have other clients or employment.

The fund anticipates making at least two disbursements: one within two-to-three weeks of most employees’ Sept. 30 severance date, and another to distribute money received after the initial disbursement.

An application process will begin around Sept. 1. The identities of all recipients will be kept strictly confidential and the absolute minimum number of people necessary to process and mail checks will have access to applicants’ information. Employees or contractors interested in being notified when the application window opens may send an email to Rebecca Theim at rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com. Applicants are requested to include in that email their name, email address, phone number, department or position with the newspaper, and length of employment.

The fund has raised or received pledges totaling about $25,000 to-date. It is hosting a major fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 29, the final Saturday of daily publication of the newspaper. Details about that event are available by clicking here or on the fund’s website at www.dashTHIRTYdash.org.

Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to donate to dashTHIRTYdash may do so securely by credit card at https://donationpay.org/dashthirtydash. To donate by check, make checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans – with “dash30dash” written in the memo line – and mail to CAC, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130-3908. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

About dashTHIRTYdash

dashTHIRTYdash is a fund to financially assist employees and contractors of The Times-Picayune slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper ends daily publication. The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, which makes dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible. The fund also is benefiting from the professional expertise of CAC’s Accounting Services Program, which serves New Orleans-area non-profits.

The designation “-30-” historically was added by journalists to the end of their reports to indicate “end of story.” But on June 12, 2012, -30- took on a new meaning in New Orleans, as Times-Picayune staffers used it on Facebook and other social media to signal that they were among the staffers who will lose their jobs.

MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Theim (Times-Picayune alumna, 1988-94), 702-622-8154 (cell), rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com

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dashTHIRTYdash sets groundwork for distributing donations

NEW ORLEANS, Friday, June 22, 2012 – An ad hoc committee met Thursday to set the groundwork for the newly created dashTHIRTYdash, a fund that will raise and distribute money to assist employees and contractors of The Times-Picayune slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication.

The informal group includes community leaders, staff from the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (which is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent), fund donors and Times-Picayune alumni. The committee also solicited input from current Times-Picayune staffers.

The group agreed to create a tiered system that will base the amount of money individuals receive on whether they are laid off completely by the company or lose some of their income because of the changes. That approach will allow the fund to award money to freelancers, newspaper delivery people and others who are not technically employees of The Times-Picayune Publishing Corp. and may not lose their entire livelihood because of the changes, but nonetheless will be hurt by them.

The fund expects to launch a straightforward and easy application process around Sept. 1 and intends to distribute checks within two-to-three weeks of the paper’s end of daily publication, which is expected to be on or around Sept. 30.

Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to donate to dashTHIRTYdash may send checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center, but in the memo line of the check, please write DashThirtyDash Fund. Checks should be mailed to the Contemporary Arts Center, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Contributions are tax-deductible.

A number of New Orleans-areas restaurants and bars are hosting fundraisers next week for dashTHIRTYdash. Other restaurants, bars or businesses interested in holding benefits for the fund or donating proceeds from sales of products or services should contact Times-Picayune alumna Rebecca Theim at the phone number or email below.

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About dashTHIRTYdash

dashTHIRTYdash is a fund to financially assist employees and contractors of The Times-Picayune slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication. The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, which makes dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible. The fund also is benefiting from the professional expertise of CAC’s Accounting Services Program, which serves New Orleans-area non-profits.

The designation “-30-” historically was added by journalists to the end of their reports to indicate “end of story.” But on June 12, 2012, -30- took on a new meaning in New Orleans, as Times-Picayune staffers used it on Facebook and other social media to simply yet powerfully signal that they were among the roughly 200 staffers who will lose their jobs as the 175-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning paper pivots primarily to digital distribution.

dashTHIRTYdash is inspired by the post-Katrina “Friends of The Times-Picayune,” which was created in 2005 by four newspaper alumnae. That fund assisted employees across the newspaper who lost their homes or suffered serious financial losses after the storm.

dashTHIRTYdash is on the Internet at http://www.dashthirtydash.org, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Dash30DashNOLA and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dash30DashNOLA.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Theim (Times-Picayune alumna, 1988-94), 702-622-8154 (cell), rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com