October 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Falls Church News-Press seeks ‘emergency’ support
Falls Church News-Press, gay news, Washington Blade

Publisher Nicholas Benton is seeking donations to keep the Falls Church News-Press afloat. (Photo courtesy Twitter)

Longtime LGBT rights advocate Nicholas Benton, owner and editor of the Falls Church News-Press, issued an emergency appeal this week for financial support for the community newspaper.

“I’d intended to write individual letters to each of you about this, but the emergency facing the FCNP is imminent and will impact our ability to produce an edition this week unless we get help,” Benton said in an email message.

“[W]e’ve been squeezed to the max, hit repeatedly by the great recession, the (incorrect) rap on print newspapers, the unscrupulous Wells Fargo calling in our line of credit for no reason, and political pressures brought against some of our key advertisers,” Benton said in his email message.

The message includes a link to a page in the online fundraising site Indiegogo, which describes a plan to email a PDF file of the print edition of the paper to 100,000 area readers.

“This will enhance the influence of the newspaper by many orders of magnitude in the wider Northern Virginia region of the Washington, D.C. Metro area where it has been a respected institution since 1991,” Benton states on the fundraising page.

“If we can get past this current crisis, our future will be very bright,” he said. ”So this is it. Please help with your generosity today.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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