What is the future you want to see in Raleigh? And how would you be a part of that future? 

Is it a Raleigh where you know how to make your voice heard on the issues that matter to you?

Is it the continued discovery and celebration of places, people and independent ideas that make our home unique?

News with thoughtful context and solutions for making Raleigh a safer and more equitable place? 

Is it modern local news that is optimized for your busy life, presented in the ways you get your news now?

What about storytelling that introduces you to your neighbors? 

Is it modern local media that asks you to be a participant in your community and to shape the future of local news together?

I believe this is possible when local journalism is a tool to build better communities.

That’s why, today, Raleigh Convergence is launching a 
membership program

Why membership? Because I believe the future of local news can be people-powered on all levels. 

Currently, Raleigh Convergence helps Raleigh area residents navigate civic and cultural life through newsletters, digital content and engaging events. With enough member support, we can sustain and grow

Raleigh Convergence Community is built for members to be a part of the future for local journalism while deepening your connection to the Raleigh area. 

Members at different levels will have access to virtual events, regular updates and other perks -- all while keeping Raleigh Convergence’s local journalism free. That’s right -- when you pay, you keep it free for someone who can’t. 

Support comes in four levels, with different perks you can take advantage of:

Supporting Member ($5/month or $50/year): Support the mission of information equity with Raleigh Convergence, a monthly editor’s update email and access to quarterly Social Club virtual conversations.

Contributing Member ($10/month or $100/year): Support the mission of information equity with Raleigh Convergence, plus three opportunities for “member shoutouts,” including: your shoutout to your local nonprofit of choice on Giving Tuesday, the places/people you love on Valentine’s Day, a monthly editor’s update email and access to quarterly Social Club virtual conversations.

Sustaining Member ($25/month or $275/year or more): Support our mission, access to shoutouts and perks available at lower level, plus discounts on Raleigh Convergence events, an optional quarterly thank you by name on all platforms.

Publisher’s Club - Founding Member ($500/one time, a yearly club): $500 would pay for a significant contributor project. You’ll get all the perks of other levels, plus a virtual (or IRL when safe) coffee with the editor to share some of the backstory of a project you made possible. 

Membership page with all the options

This is best for individuals or families; Raleigh Convergence Community will soon offer corporate memberships with business-focused perks.

Minerva Media Co. is an LLC, so these contributions are not tax-deductible. But as a mission-minded organization, when you become a member of Raleigh Convergence Community, you’re supporting a community-centric service. 

And I'll be frank: 2020 hasn't been great for small businesses or local news. Raleigh Convergence is not backed by investors or part of another company -- this is locally owned and rooted here. Your neighbors are my neighbors. I want this community to thrive.  

This is just the beginning of what's possible for hyperlocal journalism and community events. I started this company in April 2019 with personal savings and a dream to transform local journalism. But I can't do it by myself. I need your help to create the future. 

Will you join Raleigh Convergence Community and become a member? 
Now, to the news....

Wake County public schools paused in-person schools for two weeks after the holidays, but the superintendent is now recommending all students remain in remote learning until mid-February, the News & Observer reports. Students not in Virtual Academy would otherwise return to in-person class next week. The Wake County School Board will decide today, Thursday. 

🔬 A new study people are talking about: A UNC and Duke researchers' study, also mentioned by the governor in a recent press conference when asked about restrictions, found "... extremely limited within-school secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2, determined by contact tracing." [read the study] + [more info on local clusters]

🌳 Dix Park Conservancy, the nonprofit partner of the city for the 308-acre park, has a new leader, Janet Cowell. INDY Week has a profile on the former state treasurer, former city councilor who served on the Conservancy's board. The park has a few projects in the works; the Plaza & Play area will have its second public meeting on Tuesday night.

An abandoned hotel on Capital Boulevard will become apartments. [WRAL]

The puck drops on the Carolina Hurricanes' season tonight, versus the Detroit Red Wings. [🏒
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