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2016 Election Results

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of our candidates for their hard work in this year’s election. With that, we are pleased to present the results of the 2016 Election.

Kristina Busse and Priscilla Del Cima (in alphabetical order) have been officially elected to the Board of Directors. The new members of the Board will formally begin their term overlap on November 1. We wish them well with their terms.

Unfortunately, there was a typo in the ballot email. If you were affected by this typo and unable to vote in time, please email the Elections Committee address listed in your ballot email by 11:59pm UTC on September 29 for instructions.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 26

Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you declared which #ThreeFictionalCharacters best represent you?


There was sadness and dismay this week over the quasi-shutdown of the queer-women-focused media website AfterEllen. Former Editor in Chief Trish Bendix wrote a personal essay / open letter about the site’s changes on her Tumblr, and it was picked up by Advocate. Bendix explains that “Evolve Media purchased AfterEllen from Viacom two years ago. They gave us two fiscal years to become their LGBT property and profit in that space, and they found we are not as profitable as moms and fashion… Evolve has decided to keep the site and its archives alive for now, with a promise of periodically publishing freelance pieces in the future. I am not sure what that will look like.”

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2016 Budget Update

OTW Finance: 2016 Budget Update

In March this year, the OTW published its first official budget. Since then, our Finance committee has been rebuilt by volunteers who have non-profit and/or accounting backgrounds! They’ve been busy working with other committees to reorganize and rebuild key internal processes for bookkeeping, budgeting, tax filing, and general financial policies.

This improvement is a work in progress for us as an organization, and we’ve already learned a lot since March about how to forecast our expenses and income better. Because of that, we’re publishing an updated version of the 2016 budget that better reflects our current financial situation (download 2016 updated budget spreadsheet).

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