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GDPR playlist brings music to fundraisers’ ears

first_img  294 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis128 Listen to Donorfy’s GDPR playlist AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis128 Howard Lake | 5 March 2018 | News  293 total views,  1 views today GDPR playlist brings music to fundraisers’ ears Which songs or pieces of music would you add to the playlist? Share your thought in the comments below. The tone may be light-hearted but the message is serious. Fisk added: “While your CRM can’t make your organisation GDPR compliant overall, it must provide the tools to enable you to be compliant. So charities across the UK need to become familiar with the requirements of the regulations, and take an honest look at whether their CRM and processes measure up. Donorfy can help up track donors’ permissions and preferences and gives you the tools to do that reliably and securely.”Donorfy’s GDPR features include a self-service preference centre that enables supporters to set their permissions via the charity’s website, and a full audit trail to show the history of consent and the privacy policy in use at the time.center_img <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Advertisement GDPR – top of the pops? Which songs does GDPR make you think of, asked Donorfy’s founder Robin Fisk. Dozens of fundraisers and charity data protection staff responded over the weekend in humorous vein to produce a GDPR Spotify playlist.The light-hearted crowdsourced playlist features tracks from Abba and Blondie to Ed Sheeran. Each track has a title with some guidance or relevance to GDPR and data protection including:Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae JepsonReturn To Sender by Elvis PresleyUnder Pressure by Queen & David BowieComplicated by Avril LavigneThe request was posted on the Fundraising Chat Facebook group and received a rapid response.SEE ALSO Tip of the Pops 2 – Now that’s what I call fundraising (13 July 2016)Robin Fisk, founder of Donorfy, explains why he started the GDPR playlist. He said: “We know that database managers everywhere are focused on the GDPR deadline, so we thought this playlist would help them as they go about their re-permissioning campaigns and updating their data protection policies…”Donorfy’s CRM for charities is of course already helping hundreds of charities make sure they are GDPR compliant in time for the May 2018 deadline and beyond. Tagged with: Charity CRM Donorfy GDPR Humour music About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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National and international students gather to discuss civil discourse

first_imgFacebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printStudents from all over the world spoke about the idea of civility and what it means to them in a panel Monday night.The panel, hosted by the TCU Departments of Journalism and International Studies, consisted of five students from five different countries.Chancellor Victor Boschini said that people should be able to debate issues without losing civility.“I cannot think of a more important topic to discuss right now, I am just really tired of all the anger in America and in the world,” he said. “I think it’s ridiculous that we can’t debate issues and not be friends.”Chancellor Boschini gives opening remarks at the panel. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fristachi.Panelist Nafissatou Boixel, who graduated in May, said that civility stems from knowing you can disagree.Respect and its importance to civil discourse were discussed frequently by the panel.“Respect is the main goal of any discussion,” said Nasrallah Alkhabi, a senior from Saudi Arabia.The panelists felt that social media has affected civil discourse and the words that you can say online can affect and hurt people.“Freedom of speech is a wonderful right to have, but we have to be responsible with it and not say whatever we want because you can really negatively impact a person,” Boxiel said.Student panel answering questions on Monday, October 29 in the BLUU Auditorium. Photo Courtesy of Sam FristachiDr. Uche Onyebadi, chair of the journalism department and moderator of the panel, said that family can be the “bedrock” when it comes from learning manners and how to respect others and be civil.Pacifique Rutamu, a senior from Rwanda, talked about the Rwandan genocide and how he was affected by it personally.“I turned to my mother and asked her how is it that this happened in a country where people speak the same language and have the same origins,” he said. “One of the reasons that she told me was that you have to respect and love people regardless of what they did.”The panelists said they wanted people to take away the importance of respect and consideration in discussions. ReddIt TCU Student, Dr. Oneybadi and Dr. George pose for a photo before the panel in the BLUU Auditorium. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fristachi Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Twitter Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Twitter Linkedin Previous articleSocial media and fashion companies encourage young voters to get to the pollsNext articleOrganization encourages future women in politics Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor Sam Fristachi Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime losslast_img read more

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Three journalists drafted into army by force; editor gets death threat

first_img Follow the news on Tajikistan May 14, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News TajikistanEurope – Central Asia News November 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists drafted into army by force; editor gets death threat RSF_en November 6, 2020 Find out more Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president TajikistanEurope – Central Asia center_img Help by sharing this information #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic Reporters Without Borders today denounced the forcible conscription into the army of three TV journalists who criticised its methods in a programme. It also deplored the army’s threats to kill the head of the station.”The drafting by force of these journalists is a clear attack on the daring nature of their report that irritated the authorities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to President Emomali Rakhmonov calling for their immediate release. “Such behaviour, as well as the threats to their superior, is unacceptable and shows that the Tajik authorities have no respect for press freedom and democratic debate. Independent journalism is still a very risky business in Tajikistan.”The conscripted three – Akram Azizov (21), Nasim Rahimov (20) and Yusuf Yunusov (21) – of the TV station SM1, were among nine journalists from SMI and another station, TRK-Asia, arrested by military police on 28 October while attending a journalist training course in the northern town of Khujand. Six of them, who were exempt from doing military service, were released but the others were sent to the town’s army base.Four days earlier, SMI had broadcast a documentary made during the training course about army squads that tracked down young people to conscript them, using violence and rejecting medical certificates justifying exemption. A senior regional army officer, Fazliddin Domonov, who denied during the film that such methods were used, reportedly threatened the journalists the day after it was broadcast.The head of SMI, Mahmujan Dadabayev, received phone calls from army officials on 5 November threatening to kill him and shut down the station. Organisation News to go further News Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media August 25, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Metro Says 710 Study Team is Active in Pasadena

first_img Top of the News 125 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena According to Frederick C. Dock, Director of Transportation for the City of Pasadena, Metro’s SR 710 North Study team has informed Pasadena that members of the study team will be conducting noise measurements at the following schools: Sequoyah School, Waverly School and New Horizon School.Additionally, on Wednesday, September 25th, Biologist began field work at the following locations: Arroyo Seco trail where it crosses under the SR 134 freeway and Lincoln Avenue where it crosses under the SR 210 freeway.Comments or question can be directed to Metro at SR-710 Study, Once Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, (855) 4SR-7100 or email [email protected]@metro.net.For online comments http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations/commentquestion-form/ Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy OLD-top box left Metro Says 710 Study Team is Active in Pasadena By STAFFREPORTS Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 5:19 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

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Mayor backs “Gift a lift” road safety campaign

first_imgNewsx Adverts Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – December 9, 2011 WhatsApp Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp Twitter Donegal County Council has launched its ‘Gift a Lift’ campaign for the festive season, with the aim of encouraging people not to drink and drive.Backing the campaing, Mayor of Donegal Noel McBride says people can give the gift of a lift to friends or family out socialising over Christmas.The cards can be printed from donegalroadsafety.ie or collected from the Public Service Centres across the county.Mayor McBride says that while it is a novel idea the message remains a serious one – he is urging people to enjoy their celebrations but to do so within the law, and safely……….center_img Twitter Mayor backs “Gift a lift” road safety campaign Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Previous articleCancer atlas to show high prevalence of stomach and bowel cancer in DonegalNext articleBBC and UTV oppose PSNI bid to sieze Derry footage News Highland Facebooklast_img read more

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Two Brooklyn hotel projects file for bankruptcy in one week

first_imgRenderings of 159 Broadway in Williamsburg and Tillary Hotel at 85 Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn (Photos via Stonehill Taylor; The Tillary Hotel)Two Brooklyn hotel projects with ties to Isaac Hager’s Cornell Realty Management have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the span of a week.The owners of a planned 26-story hotel and residential tower at 159 Broadway in Williamsburg — 159 Broadway Member and WB Bridge Hotel — have filed for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg News. One of the owners, 159 Broadway Member, shares an address with Cornell Realty. The 235-room project, situated across the street from Peter Luger Steakhouse, was set to open in 2021. Construction had already begun on the building, which was also set to include residential space.And late last week, 85 Flatbush RHO Mezz, which is reportedly to be the owner of Tillary Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn, filed for bankruptcy.ADVERTISEMENTCornell Realty, in partnership with developer Lipa Rubin, purchased the 174-room hotel and 64-unit apartment building at 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension in September 2019. But the property faced foreclosure about a year later because of the pandemic-driven downturn that devastated the hospitality industry.The ownership has been apparently transferred to 85 Flatbush RHO Mezz, whose address is in care of GC Realty Advisors in Hollywood, Florida, according to the Chapter 11 petition filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. [Bloomberg News] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreCornell Realty planning 26-story hotel project in WilliamsburgIsaac Hager’s Downtown Brooklyn hotel heads to foreclosureChetrit lands $83M loan to refi DoBro hotel, rental property Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateHotel Marketcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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UK Navy Sailors Engage in Caribbean Tsunami Relief Drills

first_img View post tag: Caribbean View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Navy Sailors Engage in Caribbean Tsunami Relief Drills Share this article View post tag: News by topic British sailors have taken part in a tsunami relief exercise in the Caribbean.Held on the island of Montserrat, sailors from HMS Severn faced the scenario of a five metre high wave slamming into the island, with the Royal Navy vessel sent in to help.It was the first time that the Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency had conducted such an exercise which was split into two parts: table top tactics and a live element.Severn’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Steve Banfield and First Lieutenant (Logistics Officer) Lt Roger Filewod helped local authorities from a planning perspective.To simulate a response, Severn deployed her Disaster Reconnaissance teams, including the Medical Officer and Leading Medical Assistant with engineering and logistical specialists.They established a command and control point in the port of Little Bay and carried out local area reconnaissance while reporting the extent of the damage back to the ship and the local government.Following the exercise the ship hosted Montserrat Fire Brigade to find out how a ship deals with maritime firefighting.At the same time the ship also hosted the Montserrat Police Force marine unit for navigational training while some of Severn’s engineers visited Montserrat Police patrol vessel, MV Shamrock.Severn’s Medical Officer, Surgeon Lieutenant Sophie Hawkes and Leading Medical Assistant Chris Turner provided First Aid Training with the Montserrat Red Cross Organisation.Thirty One Island volunteers attended the training session, and were all presented with a Certificate of Attendance on completion of the joint training.This is the first time that Portsmouth based HMS Severn, one of three River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, which normally patrol UK coastal waters, has deployed to the Caribbean.Image: Royal Navy View post tag: europe UK Navy Sailors Engage in Caribbean Tsunami Relief Drills View post tag: Drills View post tag: Navy View post tag: sailors View post tag: Relief View post tag: Engage View post tag: Tsunami Authorities February 11, 2015last_img read more

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“Great Egg Hunts” in Ocean City on April 4, April 11

first_imgOn April 4 and again on April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. children and their families will make the mad dash to the beaches in Ocean City for a massive egg hunt. The hunt for technicolor eggs, which hold goodies ranging from candies to toys, will be on the beaches from 11th to 14th streets. There will be different age groups: children 3 years old and under will go to the 11th Street beach for the fun, 4 and 5 year old kids will hunt for their eggs at 12th Street and 6 and 7 year old kids will be at the 13th Street beach. Special needs children will be at the 14th Street beach.A rain date for the first egg hunt is April 5 and a rain date for the second is April 12. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Children and their parents pack the beaches for the Easter Egg Hunt in 2019.last_img read more

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Notre Dame alumnus withdraws from consideration as director of national intelligence

first_imgThis report was updated August 2 at 2:45 p.m.Notre Dame alumnus and congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) withdrew from consideration as the next director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump announced Friday in a tweet.“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump wrote in his tweet. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people.”Notre Dame alumnus John Ratcliffe withdrew from consideration Friday as next director of national intelligence.Ratcliffe announced he was withdrawing from consideration in a statement provided minutes after Trump’s tweet.The congressman said he “remains convinced” that if he was confirmed, he would have served the country with integrity and objectivity.“However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue,” the statement said, referencing the conversation around his potential appointment. “The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue. Accordingly, I have asked the President to nominate someone other than me for this position.”Trump had announced Ratcliffe as a nominee in a tweet Sunday. If confirmed by the United States Senate, Ratcliffe would have replaced Dan Coats, a former Indiana senator who held the position since March 2017.”I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence,” Trump said in the Sunday tweet. “A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves.”According to Ratcliffe’s campaign website and the United States Congress Biographical Directory, he earned a scholarship to Notre Dame and graduated after three years in 1987. He went on to earn his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1989.A New York Times profile of the congressman said he was elected to Congress in 2014 after defeating incumbent congressman Ralph Hall in the Republican primary. Ratcliffe, who gained support from the tea party in his initial bid for Congress, drew national attention after he “sharply challenged” former special counsel Robert Mueller at a House Judiciary Committee hearing July 24.Tags: American Politics, Director of National Intelligence, Donald Trump, John Ratcliffelast_img read more

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The Story of BRO

first_img “Who’s Blue Ridge Outdoors?”A guy in jean cut-off shorts is standing next to me, shirtless, sweating in the late August heat and casually sipping out of a pint glass at Ocoee Fest. He’s barefoot and a little drunk—standard protocol for any kayaking festival.“It’s a free regional magazine based out of Charlottesville, ” I begin, launching into my elevator speech on Blue Ridge Outdoors. As travel editor, I have answered this question hundreds of times before. Despite having had a few beers myself, I switch into cruise control and let my mouth do the talking while my brain reels in the shocking aftermath of his question.For shame, I think to myself. How can you not know what Blue Ridge Outdoors is?!Maybe he lives under a rock, I reason. He is a raft guide, after all. Even so, the river he works on, the Ocoee River, is in the heart of our coverage. His job, his passions, are our bread and butter. There is no excuse for this ignorance.“Oh!” he says after my spiel is over. The light bulb comes on. His eyes widen and I feel a faint flicker of hope. “I bought my first backpack from you guys!”Not quite.Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, a Virginia-based outdoor outfitter, is what most newcomers to the magazine associate with when they hear “Blue Ridge Outdoors.”I sigh, abandoning my disappointment in the raft guide’s failed realization. It’s not his fault. I hand him a sticker with our motto, “Go Outside and Play,” and a copy of the latest issue. He thanks me, raising his glass to the sky before taking a drink and rejoining the festivities. Later that night, I would see the same guy thrashing about in front of the stage, moving surprisingly in-rhythm with the band. When the music had stopped, he turned to leave and saw me near the middle of the pack.“Hey!” he shouted. “It’s the chick from Blue Ridge Outdoors!”Well, I thought, at least he remembered the magazine’s name.He barreled through the crowd to give me a high five. The bumper sticker I’d given him earlier was slapped crookedly across his bare chest. I smiled. Mission accomplished.SPEND YOUR MONEY ON SPORTS…WE’RE FREE.Just two decades ago, I wouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that this raft guide from Tennessee was unfamiliar with the publication. In fact, 20 years ago, my job, and that of more than half the magazine’s present-day staff, wouldn’t have even existed.Born in a windowless basement on 220 South Street in Charlottesville, Va., Blue Ridge Outdoors barely resembled the comprehensive regional publication it is today. Created by outdoor enthusiast John Blackburn, a graduate student at the University of Virginia and a contributing journalist for C-Ville Weekly, the early pages of BRO only covered Charlottesville-based adventures—directions to Blue Hole, best hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, how Devils Knob got its name. Everything was black and white, and the first three issues in 1995 were tucked neatly into the folds of C-Ville Weekly as a seasonal insert.“Most business startups fail,” says Rob Jiranek, BRO’s first publisher and, at the time, publisher for C-Ville Weekly. “The chances of having a magazine actually succeed back then were about 1 in 11. It was like getting into Harvard.”Despite the odds against them, Jiranek and Blackburn made the most of those early days and their five-person team. Just two years later, the magazine became a monthly, though its content remained limited to the mountains of Virginia.“It was a real petri dish of outdoor creativity,” says Jiranek of the office dynamic.With no budget for photography, Blackburn used his own pictures to accompany the stories, most of which he wrote himself. The staff at BRO sold ads by day, wrote stories at night, and somehow managed so scrape together an impressive issue each month. Part regional events calendar, part storytelling platform, the early issues of the magazine were characterized by witty writing and the authentic voices of writers who lived and breathed adventure in the Blue Ridge.By 2001, the team decided to spread the magazine’s coverage farther south and open a North Carolina office in Asheville. The decision would mark an important turning point in the growth of the magazine, setting the stage for BRO to evolve as the region’s definitive resource for outdoor adventure.A CHANGING LANDSCAPEWill Harlan was the first employee hired at the new North Carolina office. A top trail runner and outdoor writer, he became the magazine’s editor-in-chief, a position he has held for the past 14 years. As BRO’s most senior staffer, Harlan has helped the magazine expand its content and reach.“It’s a privilege working with this team. They are like family,” Harlan says. “The magazine has grown and evolved over the years, but we’ve always stayed true to our roots—edgy, original, authentic content.”Travis Searcy, who was hired a few months after Harlan, knows all-too-well just how far the magazine has grown. Brought on as a graphic designer in the Charlottesville office, Searcy says the layout process, called a “paste-up,” didn’t use PDFs or Adobe design software—all he needed was a printer, some scissors, and a little glue.“I would literally paste the ads onto the pages, then we’d mail that to the press, they’d photograph it, make plates, then print the magazine,” Searcy says.The layout process wasn’t the only thing that evolved. Steven McBride, a North Carolina-based photographer who has published the most BRO covers, remembers when he used to FedEx transparency slides to Harlan for cover photo submissions.“Back in the film days, everything was different,” McBride says. “Cameras were bigger and heavier. Lighting was harder to deal with. Photoshop back then was barely in existence.”But what BRO lacked in production resources, it made up for ten-fold in its unquestionable commitment to providing quality content. The magazine flourished. As the years passed, technology improved seemingly overnight, website redesigns came and went, and distribution doubled. By the time the magazine’s future owner, Blake DeMaso, got his hands on BRO, the publication had extended its editorial content to include adventures as far south as Georgia all the way up through West Virginia.“I love the mountains and I love the Blue Ridge. It’s where I grew up,” DeMaso says. “I identified with the magazine from day one.”The year was 2003 and DeMaso, having worked for several years in publishing for Condé Nast, was ready for a change in pace. He approached Jiranek near the end of the year about possibly becoming a business partner, and ended up with more than he bargained for. By March of 2004, DeMaso was the new owner of BRO.“I was only 30 years old, and I was very scared,” DeMaso remembers. “I was now in charge of a monthly magazine, a website that was six months out-of-date, five employees in Charlottesville, three in North Carolina, eight computers, a copier machine, a fax machine that didn’t really work, and a ping pong table.”But, really, what more do you need?PLAY HARD, WORK HARDThe Charlottesville BRO headquarters fit in one room. Located in a basement, the place had shoddy Internet and a drafty window. In the winter, staff wore fingerless gloves to keep their hands warm while they worked.“I used a desk made out of cardboard boxes for at least three months,” DeMaso says.With a ping-pong table in the middle of the room, a dartboard on the wall, and a regular littering of broken rubber bands on the floor from the daily rubber band wars, the first BRO office looked less like a magazine headquarters and more like a frat house.But when you play hard, you work hard, too. Thanks to the early efforts of a passionate group of people, the magazine is now distributed from Atlanta to Baltimore and covers adventures from Kentucky to the coast. Not long after DeMaso took over, the staff doubled in size, the magazine became full-color throughout, it expanded its page counts, added a glossy cover, and revamped its logo. The best part? It remained a free publication.“The goal from day one was always to provide free information to inspire people to go outside,” DeMaso says. “I think our goal will never change.”The stories that fill the magazine’s pages now reach over 300,000 readers every month. The advent of social media platforms brought new ways of engaging an ever-expanding audience and sharing news in real time. The magazine’s presence at regional events swelled to over 30 in a season with regular co-hosting of other races, music festivals, and events across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.Yet despite the changes, at its core, Blue Ridge Outdoors remains dedicated to the founding principle of the passion project that Jiranek and Blackburn gave life to: the idea that the great outdoors encompasses more than just the places where we play—they represent a way of living, a story worth telling, an environment in need of protecting, and a wildness within that we all are preserving. last_img read more

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