If you follow me on Twitter (before Elon kills it) or Facebook or Instagram or, anywhere really, you probably have noticed me plugging more often than not that Right Down Euclid is looking for your financial support. A lot of you have given and for that, I’m forever grateful. But, there are also some of you who check it out or just think I’m spamming you ScoutWithBryan style (IYKYK). For you to better understand, let me explain.
My passion for journalism started in high school where, funnily enough, my first-ever story was about the Cleveland Cavaliers. More often than not, I have to double-take that I get the privilege to cover the team where everything began for me.
A lot has changed since then, along with my coverage of the Cavaliers and the Cleveland sports scene. Last summer, I announced that I would shift my coverage to Bulletin on a near-daily newsletter called Right Down Euclid. Last month, with the news that Meta will be shutting Bulletin down, it meant that another change to covering all things Cleveland would be coming.
Despite the disappointing news, my passion for journalism didn’t allow it to deter me. I dove head first into turning Right Down Euclid into its own website, giving a digital home to the newsletter that you’re still getting in your inbox several days a week. For some, change can understandably be scary. But, for me, it was a new opportunity to continue trying something new and unique. And now, I think Right Down Euclid is in the best place imaginable.
Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without your financial support from the very beginning. The vision for my journalism is possible thanks to readers like you, and thanks to the community growing around Right Down Euclid. I am fully independent, and that means your financial support keeps this enterprise running and allows me to continue changing the way that the Cleveland sports scene is covered.
That’s why I’ve launched a campaign and have asked for your support as Right Down Euclid embarks on a new era. Your hard-earned dollars will go right to Right Down Euclid: covering the cost of getting to events and games, the cost of online publishing tools, day-to-day expenses, you get the idea – there’s a lot your support does for me behind the scenes. And my mission is to do that through my passion for sports and storytelling, and with your help – the help of this community of readers who send story tips, ask questions, and support my journalism. My work isn’t propped up by corporate interests or the deep pockets of CEOs and, of course, I don’t put my content behind a paywall unlike some of the other options for Cleveland sports coverage out there.
With that said, I am an entrepreneur and a completely independent journalist. I’m writing today to ask you what you think local, independent journalism is worth. Because to me, it’s more than local pride. It’s about investing in our community and in an essential service. I’m a Clevelander, through and through. And I believe in providing my city with coverage of stories that might otherwise be ignored, from the perspective of someone who knows Cleveland. Besides, who else is going to cover the Cavaliers or the Browns this winter than Right Down Euclid?
So I’m hoping you can help me out. All contributions go towards keeping the lights on, and expanding what’s possible in this new era of Right Down Euclid. My current campaign has 48 hours to go and right now, for those who contribute $10 or more monthly, I will send you a Right Down Euclid t-shirt as a thank you. You’ll be the first to get your hands on this swag – even before I get it!
Thank you for believing in the importance of community news sources. Right Down Euclid is here for you, and I’m so proud to have readers like you stand by my work. My coverage of my favorite city in the world wouldn’t be possible without it.
Evan Dammarell is a sports journalist covering all things Cleveland right off the shores of Lake Erie. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can also email him at [email protected] He can also be found three to five times a week on Locked On Cavs, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network.
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