This time last year, as my colleagues across the nation were struggling to keep their jobs, or had already been laid off from the newspaper industry, I walked up to my editor and handed him my resignation notice.
I moved to Connecticut to be the religion reporter for the Waterbury Republican-American. But when the economy fell last year, it took the religion beat with it. Newspapers across the map suddenly nixed the faith section, or reduced to a calendar and worship directory. The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, the Hartford Courant, to name a few.
I studied theology too long, and have written too many stories about how faith impacts people’s lives to just sit back and watch my beat fade away. So, no pun intended, I took a leap of faith and in August, 2009 and launched www.creedible.com.
It’s Connecticut’s only ecumenical news publication. In one year Creedible has featured 580 stories. Creedible has published 100 top stories, 100 news articles, 60 profiles on places of worship and clergy and has produced dozens of videos and audio slideshows.
I’m pleased to say that we have three wonderful bloggers – Dr. Stephen Healey, Bishop John Selders and Chuck Redfern. Photographer Rebecca Newman was the first person to volunteer for Creedible. Rev. Edward Townley has written several wonderful theater reviews for the site and will be doing more this coming year. Also, I’m proud to say that as we head into our second year, there will soon be a Muslim blogger writing for the site.
When the site launched a year ago, I spent most of my time explaining to people what Creedible was. But today, I mention the word “Creedible,” and the reaction is almost always, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of you!” That’s a great feeling.
Creedible is sponsored through advertising and donations. Some of you have been kind of enough to send financial contributions, and I thank you. But we have a long way to go and I’ve learned just how hard it is running a site like this all alone. Let me be clear, Creedible is not a non-profit. It’s an LLC, but I still need your help. I devote way more than 40 hours a week to Creedible and haven’t taken a dime for myself. All the money I’ve made goes to operating Creedible and helping families in Haiti. I teach as an adjunct to the pay my bills. My hope is that one day I won’t have to rely on teaching to put food on the table and that I can devote even more of myself to Creedible and earn a paycheck from it.
We also need office supplies, gas cards, notepads, video equipment and so on. I know times are hard and many of you can’t make financial contributions. But trust me, whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other faith – your prayers mean more to me than you know.
I invite you to come to our first anniversary celebration tonight. It’s at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew ELCA, at 1125 Stafford Ave. in Bristol. There will be great music and yummy snacks. If you can’t make it tonight but want to support Creedible, call (203) 278-4214, write firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a donation to 165 N. Main St, Southington, CT 06489.
Thanks for a great first year. Here are some of my favorite stories:
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