Military Veterans in Journalism Inc

Building Community. Supporting Career Growth. Advocating for Vets.

Silver Spring, MD   |  www.mvj.network

Mission

Military Veterans in Journalism is a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Zack Baddorf

Main address

10824 Margate Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901 USA

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EIN

83-4253287

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Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Mentorships

We connect military vets with seasoned journalists who guide the former service members on their desired career path. Mentors are critical to opening doors and leading to new opportunities in the media field.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Charting impact

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Since the founding of Military Veterans inJournalism in May 2019, the world has changed dramatically. The protests throughout the UnitedStates in 2020 escalated a battle for justice and civil rights that is still being fought. The COVID pandemic has taken the lives of more than380,000 Americans as we struggle to get av accine distributed across the country to stop the deadly virus. No one has been immune from these dramatic events that have shaped our world view and our individual interactions with fellow Americans.

In May 2019, we certainly knew that starting a unique organization like MVJ would be an undertaking on its own, but we could never have predicted what was on the horizon and how much we would be required to adapt and shift our approach to accomplishing our mission.

We believe there are a few things that mostAmericans can agree on regardless of our differences:our country must have a strong, vibrant media and our military veterans must be supported as they return to civilian life following their service to our nation.

Since our humble beginning, MVJ has succeeded in supporting our membership and achieving the goals we set for ourselves in less than ideal circumstances.This success is evident in our membership growth; the series of workshops and panels we have hosted; the mentorships we facilitated; and the partnerships we created across the media industry.

Now, we must organize, scale and grow our operations to effectively and efficiently support our current commitments to our membership and to plan for a 30-50% growth that we are forecasting over then next 24 months based on an analysis of the remaining untapped market segment.

Journalism is critical to our country's future -- now more than ever. People around the world rely on news outlets to report the news accurately, objectively and with integrity; yet our world is filled with risks and challenges that make it increasingly difficult to be a journalist. Military veterans are used to work in difficult environments to fulfill no-fail missions. Our community is ready to take on this challenge. This is our reason for fighting to ensure more veterans are employed in America's newsrooms.

The Knight Foundation generously awarded MVJ a $250k grant in the fourth quarter of 2020. This investment is pivotal to our membership and the success of MVJ. This bucket of money will allow us to fund four (4) fellowships along with a series of career development events that will create substantial value for our community.
With that being said, we can't become complacent. We have identified what is needed to continue our operations. As we grow, we plan to run 10 fellowships each year while also providing a range of career development services. This will require that we raise about $400,000 each fiscal year. Granting foundations, private donors and corporations can support MVJ by funding individual fellowships or events like our virtual career fair.

We, of course, need programmatic support to invest in innovation to ensure we are spreading our donor dollar as far as possible and managing the workload for our dedicated volunteers and staff members.
We are working to professionalize our board of directors enabling them so they are able to better carry out their duty to care, duty of loyalty and duty of obedience. We know that, as board members, we have a legal obligation to be good stewards of the financial contributions that the public has entrusted with us.

We started this effort in 2020 by thoughtfully establishing committees to support our strategic goals over the next two years.

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Military Veterans in Journalism Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
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Board chair

Zachary Baddorf

Russell Midori

Mike Gentine

Jen Paquette

Babee Garcia

Geoffrey Ingersoll

Priya Sridhar

Paul Szoldra

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