Sixteen years after founding the Center for Media and Democracy and our publication PR Watch, I'm moving on this June to new challenges. The search for my replacement began last week, and we hope that by summer CMD will have a new executive director. I believe that CMD needs a high-energy executive director especially skilled at taking us to our next level of success. At age 56 I want a less demanding life with more personal time. I also look forward to getting back to my activist and organizing roots, and getting out from under the management and fundraising demands of this job.
I started CMD in 1993 with $5,000 out of my own pocket because the world needed a public interest group devoted to documenting and exposing how government propaganda and corporate spin undermine democracy and progressive social change. My CMD colleagues are the world's leaders in this unique area of investigative journalism and citizen activism that we have pioneered. Our research, articles, books, websites, radio shows, interviews and lectures reach more than two million people each month.
CMD has become a vital national and international institution. I believe we will find a new executive director with the necessary passion, skills and commitment to continue our growth in the years ahead. I'll be available as needed as an advisor to CMD; my commitment to our organization is unflagging.
It's of course crucial that my successor take the reins of a strong and healthy organization. We raise CMD's budget each year from individual donations and the support of a handful of foundations. We currently have more than half of our 2009 budget in the bank, which would be good for a normal year, but no one has seen a year this economically disastrous since the Great Depression.
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On a personal note, let me say that my 16 years with CMD are the highlight of my life. I'm not leaving for another job, and I can't imagine ever having a job I'd love as much as this one. That's exactly the passion and attitude we hope to find in our next executive director.
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The job description for our next executive director is available. Please read it, and pass it on to anyone who might want to take this job and love it.