Dear supporters:

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

Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Dickinson

Executive director
Lincoln, NE

Lauren Justice

Lauren Justice

Content & contributors director
Madison, WI

Nick Teets

Nick Teets

Engagement director
Denver, CO

Jacob Zlomke

Jacob Zlomke

Fundraising and events director
Lincoln, NE

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FOM’s 2016, by the numbers

$3,325 dollars raised toward producing, publishing and supporting journalists and their work
$1,300 dollars paid directly to journalists
2,500 readers at flyovermedia.org in all 50 states and 52 countries

FIVE STORIES PUBLISHED

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Smalltown Landscapes

by John Tully

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This Bond Unbroken

by Emily Harger and Keith Rutowski

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Disappearing Breed

by Allison Hess

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Population: Elsie

by Alyssa Schukar and Jacob Zlomke

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Nature at Work

by Jon Augustine

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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.

Description of Disappearing Breed show goes here.

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.

Short description of Elsie event goes here.

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.

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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.

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Thank you for your support.