Yesterday was “Giving Tuesday,” an international effort asking people to donate money to nonprofits and charities.
The Valley Indy, itself a nonprofit under the Online Journalism Project, asked readers to donate $300 so the publication could purchase a “Mevo Boost,” an accessory that extends the battery life and enhances audio capabilities of the Mevo streaming camera.
By the end of Tuesday, 14 people donated a total of $561 to the cause.
The Valley Indy purchased the Mevo camera in October as a simpler way to stream video online. The camera gives the appearance of a multi-camera setup, allowing for more compelling videos than just using a cell phone.
The Mevo has been used to cover a 3-hour planning and zoning meeting in Derby, a 2-hour vote re-canvassing in Derby, and to record a live episode of “Valley Sports Rewind,” a Valley Indy-produced podcast.
The hardware accessory will also allow a USB microphone to pick up sound for the camera.
This was the first time The Valley Indy participated in “Giving Tuesday.”
The Valley Indy’s major reader fundraiser takes place during “The Great Give,” a 36-hour giving event planned for the spring.
Each year The Valley Indy streams live during The Great Give from the publication’s office in Ansonia, in an effort to raise awareness of the event.
Nonprofit leaders are interviewed in an effort to shed light on what those organizations are doing for the community.
The Mevo, and now the Mevo Boost, will make that effort much easier this year.
The Valley Indy is a two-person online newspaper launched in 2009. It is named in honor of The Evening Sentinel, a newspaper that stopped publishing in the 1990s, and The New Haven Independent.
The Valley Indy is funded primarily through competitive grants awarded by philanthropic groups such as The Valley Community Foundation and The Katharine Matthies Foundation.
The following people donated during “Giving Tuesday:”