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Update: Phone Service has been restored at MNN

News and Views By Linda Romano

After an earlier disruption, phone service at MNN has been restored. We can now make and receive external calls.

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we attended to this issue!


Original news post from 9/17 @ 1 pm

MNN's Phone System is currently down, and we are unable to make or receive external calls.

We are aware of the issue and are working with Verizon to restore service as quickly as possible. 

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

Best Websites for Crowdfunding Your Project

Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

MNN community producers! We know you're all full of innovative digital-media ideas. Have a project in mind, but not sure how to finance it? In addition to the grants programs list on MNN's Producer Resources page, you might consider crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding websites have been cropping up in recent years as increasingly popular ways to raise funds for creative endeavors. The most famous site-- and one you've probably heard of-- is Kickstarter, but did you know there are others out there that might fit your needs better, and even serve to inspire you?

Check out this new list from The Crowdfund Network! All these sites have different advantages in terms of how they work, the kinds of projects they're best for and how much of a cut from your fundraising you'll have to give back to the platform-- so you're sure to find one that's right for you.

Good luck and keep us posted!

Sunday Night on MNN: Top Experts on Criminal Justice, Environmental Challenges in NYC

News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Each Sunday night, we aim to bring you dynamic conversations and forums on the issues that affect your life every day. Once again, our this Sunday’s lineup is a can’t-miss: Tune in to hear from experts on the criminal justice system, mental health and environmental challenges in NYC and beyond. The details:

9:00 pm: “Both Sides of the Bars,” MNN’s talk show about the criminal justice system, continues to dissect the topic from all angles. This week’s guests: Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice; and Ismael Cedeno, Peer Escort at The Fortune Society.

9:30 pm: "Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and You: Mental Health"

10:00 pm: "Youth Talk: The Crimincal Justice System," a Left Forum panel.

11:00 pm:"Sidewalk News Roundtable": In our premiere episode of this independent series of panel discussions hosted by New York City’s ethnic and community media journalists, guests tackle one of today's most...