It’s a new day here at Cape Cod Today!
CapeCodToday.com was donated to the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. (MAF) this week by CTM Media through their IDW Media Charitable Foundation, Inc.
CapeCodToday.com and its business will be operated by Cape Cod Today, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
Last winter CTM Media acquired the assets of the Brooks family’s portfolio of media properties, including Best Read Guide Cape Cod, Best Read Guide’s distribution channels, various tourism websites and the Cape Cod Today news site.
Recently, Walter and Pat Brooks learned that CTM was seeking to divest CapeCodToday.com. They encouraged me, in my role as MAF President, to approach CTM to see if they would donate the news site to MAF in order to create an income stream for our Foundation’s charitable activities. I approached CTM’s President Peter Magaro and found that he welcomed the idea. The transfer was completed earlier this week.
“CTM is at its core a travel and tourism marketing business. While we admired the daily news site, we just did not believe our focus would allow us to nurture the site in the way necessary for it to thrive”, said Peter Magaro, President of CTM Media Group.
As is the Masonic Angel Foundation, Cape Cod Today is now 100% volunteer-operated.
What Changes and What Stays the Same?
CapeCodToday is known for extensive, hyper-local news and events coverage. Regular readers of the site will note the increase in content over the past two weeks, as the new team assumed responsibility for content. We expect to continue the site’s mission as a community news source and forum for discussion.
Walter Brooks is leading our team of volunteers as Managing Editor. Walter’s 55 years of experience in journalism inspires us all. His knowledge of the Cape, its history and politics gives him a unique perspective on local reporting. I worked with Walter for nearly a decade as a volunteer researcher and investigator. Our partnership over the years surprised the two of us as much as anyone, with Walter the social liberal, fiscal conservative and me the far right-wing conservative on most issues.
The hectoring editorials will be back. Cape Cod Today’s extensive education coverage will continue. Walter will be expanding our coverage of local politics. Pat Brooks will pick up her pen as our travel editor.
As part of MAF’s overall charitable imperative, we’ll be working with small non-profits and schools to provide some free advertising as well as photography, graphic design and news reporting opportunities for students at the Cape’s schools.
Commercial advertisers’ campaigns will continue as they always have. Cape Cod Today, Inc. and CTM will be in touch with advertisers over the next few weeks to answer questions and review ad campaigns. All current campaigns will run through their current agreement with no changes necessary.
A most generous act
We thank Peter Magaro and the management of CTM Media Group, Ettractions, Inc. and the IDW Media Charitable Foundation, Inc. for making this moment possible. The donation of CapeCodToday.com is a most generous act creates a welcome income stream for the Masonic Angel Foundation and helps us grow our charitable mission in the community.
The entire team at CTM Media has been outstanding and encouraging as we move through the many necessary transitions and conversions.
Peter Magaro’s gracious words are an apt closing to this editorial. “I am happy the site has a good home – and I hope it lives on and serves the community and MAF’s charity work well…”
With warm regards,
Robert W. Fellows, Editor and Publisher
Walter R. Brooks, Managing Editor
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