Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism
Free Press publication: The CICJ published a year-end Free Press newspaper with a special 3-dimensional cover designed by long-time Free Press artist Jim Beoddy. Copies were put out for free pick-up and distributed at community events. The Free Press continues to be archived by Ohio University, the University of Michigan Labadie Collection, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Ohio Historical Society.
Freepress.org: The Free Press website continued to receive thousands of hits daily. Many of Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman’s articles are picked up from our site and reproduced on other websites.
CICJ Books/Multimedia projects: The CICJ continued the nonprofit book publishing project selling the Fitrakis Files books and election books by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman. The Free Press used grant funds to sponsor four independent documentaries.
Office: The CICJ continued operating out of the carriage house at 1021 E. Broad St. The CICJ/Free Press partnered with Columbus Indymedia, the Film Council of Greater Columbus, the Central Ohio Green Education Fund, and the Neighborhood Network. The office allowed space to be used by local nonprofits for meetings and events.
Free Press Young Reporters Project: The CICJ had two interns from the local COWIC organization. They were given journalism workshops, learning to write, investigate, report, take digital photos and video, and produce radio programs. Each intern submitted an investigative article as part of their final project.
Election Activities: The CICJ continued to support election reform related activities including legal action throughout the year and acted as fiscal agent for other national election and voting rights organizations. The 2010 election protection activities centered at the CICJ office and sent videographers and observers out to polling sites to document any irregularities.
Events: This year, the Free Press celebrated its 40th anniversary. Second Saturday Salons continued at the office to bring together central Ohio progressive activists, artists, musicians, organizations and individuals. The Fourth Tuesday night film series continued at the Drexel East with the support of the Central Ohio Green Education Fund, Central Ohio Sierra Club, Simply Living and the Film Council of Greater Columbus. The annual Awards dinner was a special one commemorating the 40th anniversary, again held at the Native American Indian Center honoring local community activists.
The Free Press received a Threshold grant for election activities this year. The FreePres.org website continues to share our homepage with freepress.net, which donates $200 a month. The CICJ shared the wine booth with the Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio (DSCO). Through Community Shares of Mid Ohio, the CICJ raised funds. Through the year, the CICJ earned fees by acting as a fiscal agent for other nonprofit organizations and received some funds through donations. The awards dinner program raised funds by selling ads. The Free Press also put out a 2010 calendar and asked supporters to donate “$40 for 40.” At the end of the year, we produced a Free Press mug and tote bag as well.
The 2010 Free Press Annual Awards dinner awardees:
Four Free Press “Libby” Awards for Community Activism:
David Cook - Selma Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Activism
Stan Embry – Bill Moss Award for an Outstanding African American Activist
2010 Board Members
Pete Johnson, President
Eric Neubauer, Vice President
Connie Gadell-Newton , Secretary
Suzanne Patzer, Treasurer
David S. Lewis
2010 Board Meetings
January 24, 2010, Annual Meeting, CICJ office
April 11, 2010, CICJ office
August 1, 20010, CICJ office
October 24, 2010, CICJ office
2010 Financial Report
2010 Income: $66,804.25
2010 Expenses: $65,415.77
2010 end of year bank balance: $4,484.63
The CICJ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
1021 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH 43205