Spotlight News: Business Update

Words and Images by BA Ciccolella.

We wanted to take a moment today to thank everyone in the community for the support that we have received since we founded Spotlight News. It’s certainly been a weird time to start a business, but our community has come together in so many unique ways since March 7, and we appreciate every single one of you.

Today, we are announcing our first baby step on the way to growing this business- we have received confirmation of our 501c3 status from the IRS. For those of you who aren’t familiar with technical IRS tax jargon, basically this means we are officially a non-profit organization! We still have a few more steps to complete, but very soon we will be able to accept tax-deductible donations as a company. 

Anyone interested in being a future donor to Spotlight News should please feel free to contact us so that we can keep you in the loop as to where we are in our process.

In somewhat related news, we are also looking for a few more board members who are interested in helping us get this company off the ground, and who believe in our mission of providing quality community journalism to the Hampton Roads area. If you are interested in joining our board, please send a letter of interest to Moriah Joy, Secretary, Spotlight News at this email address

Again, thank you all so much for your support these last 6 months (can anyone else believe it’s been 6 months?!?). We look forward to continuing to provide and expand on our quality community journalism, and serve you, our friends and neighbors in Hampton Roads.

Hello, world!

Thank you for your interest in our Hampton Roads community. Spotlight News is a new organization determined to pick up where AltDaily and the Antonym left off. Spotlight is founded by BA Ciccolella and Frank Connelly, with help from the rest of the old AltDaily theatre reviewing staff, especially Chris Bernhardt, Ali Pantas, and Jimmy Dragas.

Wondering how you can help support us right now? Well, step one is getting out the word to the world that we are here! Please follow us on Facebook, invite your friends to do so, and share our site and our social posts far and wide!

Interested in getting involved? Though we will be starting out covering mainly the performing arts scene in Hampton Roads (as that is what we all have expertise in), we have every intention of expanding into any and all aspects of our community. If you are a writer who would like to join our mission of furthering Hampton Roads community journalism, check out our Facebook page and send us a message!

At the moment, we are a completely volunteer organization, though we would love to raise enough funds to be able to cover operating expenses, and possibly even expand on to paying our writers and editors in more than just “exposure”. If you are a granting entity or just a person with some spare cash on hand who would like to talk more about our mission, again, hit us up on our Facebook page!

We look forward to working with the Hampton Roads community! See you around!