This year was literally formative for Fly Over Media.
Foremost, after more than three years of working to support, produce and publish in-depth journalism in a collective, yet unofficial, capacity, we received tax-exempt status from the IRS in August. Status as a 501(c)(3) organization allows us to apply for more grant funding and makes us a more attractive target for private donations.
We launched this website, flyovermedia.org, where we publish in-depth, independent multimedia stories on rural and underrepresented communities. Each story on the site is designed individually which allows us to tell these important stories in the most effective and compelling way possible.
Throughout the year, we hosted four physical shows, which will continue to be a vital part of our programming as the organization grows. In October, we produced Extant, our inaugural annual fall show, at the historic Ferguson House in Lincoln, Neb. The show featured images by 17 journalists from around the country and presented the work with contextualizing audio from each photographer. We received an overwhelmingly positive response and are excited to work more with the format in the future. You can view the web-version of Extant at flyovermedia.org/extant.
FOM was represented with speakers and presenters at Ignite Lincoln, PhotoMidwest and more. We continued our partnership with Lincoln’s Asian Community and Cultural Center, where we lead a class of predominantly refugee high school students on producing documentary journalism in and about their own communities.
All this is in service to our mission, which feels more urgent every day: to educate diverse audiences on the different points of view, lifestyles and cultural perceptions present in our country’s most overlooked communities. Journalism is fundamental to our understanding of one another and therefore fundamental to global problem-solving.
A sincere thank you for your time and support of this organization. We hope it will continue through 2017, and for another look, here’s 2016 by the numbers. As you look back over these numbers, we’re looking forward. Consider donating $20 or more, and we’ll send you a print in time to deliver it as a holiday gift.
-AD, LJ, NT & JZ
FOM’s 2016, by the numbers
23 JOURNALISTS REPRESENTED
Including: Jon Augustine, Amanda Berg, Amber Bracken, Patrick Breen, Kyle Bruggeman, Madeline Cass, Erika Colbertaldo, Joshua Corbett, Ryan Dorgan, Jonathan Egan, Emily Harger, Grant Hindsley, Allison Hess, Lukas Keapproth, Eric Kruszewski, Laura McDermott, Parker Michels-Boyce, Keith Rutowski, Alyssa Schukar, Brianna Soukup, Tristan Spinski, Chet Strange and John Tully.
FOUR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Photo Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin
Nebraska Telecommunications Association winter meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska
Ignite Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska
Rural Futures Institute conference in Lincoln, Nebraska
Contact Fly Over Media to speak at your workshop, event, class or workplace HERE.
FOUR SHOWS WITH 550 ATTENDEES
DISAPPEARING BREED at CRESCENT MOON
In February, we produced a print show for Allison Hess’s ongoing “Disappearing Breed,” hosted by Crescent Moon in Lincoln. All proceeds from the show were paid to Hess for her continued work on the project.
POPULATION: ELSIE at ZIPLINE
In coordination with our web launch of Population: Elsie, we produced a show with Zipline Brewing featuring Alyssa Schukar’s work from the project. We were pleased to fly Schukar to Nebraska from Chicago for an interview on NET Radio as well as a brief talk at the show.
EXTANT at FERGUSON HOUSE
We produced our first annual fall fundraiser at Ferguson House in Lincoln. The show featured a collection of images from 17 journalists as well as audio selections about each photograph.
WEBSITE LAUNCH at HUB CAFE
When we launched our website in May, we produced a print show and launch party at Hub Cafe in Lincoln featuring work from four of our contributors.