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Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly

A business magazine covering the Gulf Coast I-10 region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida

Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly

A business magazine covering the Gulf Coast I-10 region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida

$66
pledged of $1,000pledged of $1,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 2 2016 5:56 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 2, 2016

About

In an age when newspapers are cutting back, nearly two dozen experienced journalists have joined in a venture to provide a quality business magazine for the vibrant Gulf Coast region. The independent Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly covers the Interstate 10 region between Baton Rouge, La., and Tallahassee, Fla., an area of some 4.4 million people.

It's where Airbus chose to build its first U.S.-built jetliners and where millions come to vacation. It's also a military aviation center, major shipbuilding region and center for oil and gas exploration, as well as a key region for NASA and commercial space activities. It's also home to multiple higher education institutions and research activities ranging from robotics to advanced materials.

Compiled by experienced editors, reporters, photographers, graphics artists and designers, the quarterly's first issue in January was well received, with reader Stephen writing, "Fantastic job on the new venture. I have been looking for something like this for years!"

"A notable and remarkable effort and I send hearty congratulations," wrote Larry, and reader Kathy wrote, "Congratulations on this first issue ... you provide great information about the types of businesses and industry we should be preparing our graduates to succeed in."

And Ray wrote: "A spectacular debut issue. Well written and edited and it offers information that anyone who lives in the region - and might be interested in moving to the region - would want to know. Took me a good bit of time to read through the content, which is not something I do with any publication anymore."

Finally, John had this challenge: "I don't know how you're going to match this issue next time out!" One newspaper liked it so much it requested permission to reprint some of our stories.

The magazine is published as a free, 8.5 by 11 PDF document emailed to subscribers and available to others as a download at our websites. Readers can also purchase a printed version at cost from our print-on-demand service provider.

Risks and challenges

We successfully launched our first 74-page issue in January and it was praised for the quality of the writing and attractive design. The April issue's cover story is a package of stories about Airbus and its first U.S.-built jetliner. We also have stories about transportation in the region, one about homeowner and business insurance, our quarterly reviews and two new columnists.

As a brand new publication, our primary challenge has been getting a sufficient number of advertisers to cover the cost of providing the content since we don't charge readers for the publication. We're still looking for an ad representative to join our team.

We launched this Kickstarter campaign because we want to include a page listing all our non-advertising supporters to show there's a real appreciation and need for quality journalism in an age when so many papers are cutting back.

As one reader said, the magazine "will fill a void in business coverage throughout the region caused by the massive cut-burn mentality that infects so-called media nowadays." Another wrote: "The good people, scuttled journalists, that are part of the organization deserve opportunities to shine again and offer caring people news and information that matters." If we meet our goal, all our supporters will be listed on a full-page house ad.

All the stories, photos and graphics for the April issue have been assigned and the layout work has also begun. We anticipate no problems publishing on April 5.

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