The Devil Strip

The Devil Strip Akron news, arts, music and culture. Here to help you connect with your neighbors, understand the city, contribute to civic life, & have some fun along the way.
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We think Akron's creative community--from our artists and musicians to our small businesses and emerging tech sector--has been overlooked too long. Overlooked by outsiders, insiders and the West-/East-/South-/North-siders. But just as we try to highlight all the cool folks and the cool stuff they're doing, we are committed to shining a light on the things we think might hold Akron back.

An update. Sorry, folks.
01/07/2022

An update. Sorry, folks.

Re: The Findings...

Hi, Devil Strip Cooperative Members! Did you get your newsletter with the official election results? 75% voted to affirm...
11/09/2021

Hi, Devil Strip Cooperative Members! Did you get your newsletter with the official election results? 75% voted to affirm & support the remaining board members to secure the future of the Devil Strip publication and the Devil Strip cooperative. Even better, many of you offered to help.
This week, we are reaching out to a number of strong candidates who have volunteered to help.
Our next meeting will be Nov. 17, during which time we will update members on the process of building an interim board, as well as securing legal & financial counsel to advise on next steps.
If you have questions or need assistance with membership, please email [email protected]

The Devil Strip is still committed to making Akron a better place to live by connecting you to your neighbors, our city and a stronger sense of shared purpose. We wouldn't do this without you (we couldn't do this without you).

Update from the Devil Strip...

Hey, Akron! In response to some questions we've had from members about membership dues, we've updated our FAQs--scroll t...
11/08/2021

Hey, Akron! In response to some questions we've had from members about membership dues, we've updated our FAQs--scroll to the end to see the new info. Stay tuned for another update tomorrow regarding the election results. Hope you're all handling this time change and the Sunday scaries well enough. :)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uBL0Z0z1VQc_i9qDdutyJdoVif0CS6Vx__rTeBTY0_M/edit?usp=sharing

Save the Devil Strip FAQs The remaining members of the Devil Strip board are working diligently to collect information and understand what led to the paper’s sudden closing, so together we can develop a viable business plan to keep the paper going. We’re doing this because we believe in the powe...

11/01/2021

Greetings Co-Op Members,
We are currently tabulating the results of the vote. Thank you to everyone who participated. We need a day or two to verify the results. Preliminary results show that we have received 338 responses and the majority of those responses voted in favor of ballot questions #1 and #2. The official decision will be made once membership status is verified, and this will take a few days. The large number of votes despite no quorum makes us confident the engaged members want to explore the options to move forward.
We know that this is not ideal that we didn't reach quorum by the deadline, but we understand from the bylaws that we have the power to appoint members to the board to fill vacancies. We want to proceed in logical and practical ways to appoint new board members and continue our efforts to provide clarity and information on next steps for the Devil Strip with professional legal and accounting advice.
Thank your for your patience.
-Emily, Katie, & Richelle

10/23/2021

We've compiled these FAQs to address the issues that members, supporters, and readers have brought up. This is a working...
10/22/2021

We've compiled these FAQs to address the issues that members, supporters, and readers have brought up. This is a working document and we will add to it when we have new information. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Katie, Richelle, and Emily

Save the Devil Strip FAQs The remaining members of the Devil Strip board are working diligently to collect information and understand what led to the paper’s sudden closing, so together we can develop a viable business plan to keep the paper going. We’re doing this because we believe in the powe...

10/21/2021
Things have not gone as expected, but know that the Devil Strip is not done just yet. We, the last standing members of t...
10/19/2021

Things have not gone as expected, but know that the Devil Strip is not done just yet. We, the last standing members of the board, are not ready to quit. We are honoring our commitment to the Devil Strip and to you, the community. It sounds like you do not want us to quit either. We need $75,000 to get through 2021, which will give us time to stabilize the organization. This magazine has always been about community and we need you now.
To help, donate to the emergency fundraising campaign and spread the word, Akron.

Emily Dressler
Katie Robbins
Richelle Wardell

The Devil Strip is the first community-owned news cooperative in the country, and this is your cha… Katie Robbins needs your support for Save The Devil Strip

A big thanks to Akron Glass Works for hosting a fun event for our members on Friday, and to Hoppin' Frog Brewery for pro...
10/17/2021

A big thanks to Akron Glass Works for hosting a fun event for our members on Friday, and to Hoppin' Frog Brewery for providing refreshments!

Do you need this sweatshirt to stay cozy this fall? Yes, yes you do. Find it (in a variety of colors) and lots more TDS ...
10/09/2021

Do you need this sweatshirt to stay cozy this fall? Yes, yes you do. Find it (in a variety of colors) and lots more TDS apparel at devilst.rip/shop-tds.

Join us tomorrow for our issue release party and Summit Artspace's exhibition opening!
10/07/2021

Join us tomorrow for our issue release party and Summit Artspace's exhibition opening!

We're hosting an issue release party this Friday, October 8, in our office at Summit Artspace! Stop by between 5:30 and ...
10/05/2021

We're hosting an issue release party this Friday, October 8, in our office at Summit Artspace! Stop by between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, friendly faces and, of course, your October issue of the magazine.

While you're there, be sure to stroll through the building to check out Summit Artspace's new exhibitions!

We can't wait to see you there!

Please note that masks are required for this indoor event.

BIG NEWS! Our merch store is officially open!🎉 We've got a variety of apparel for people of all ages and sizes, as well ...
09/30/2021

BIG NEWS! Our merch store is officially open!🎉 We've got a variety of apparel for people of all ages and sizes, as well as miscellaneous items such as mugs, hats, f***y packs and beach towels. Most items are available in a variety of colors, so you can embrace your individuality while repping TDS at the same time. And if there's something you'd love to have but don't see it in the shop, shoot us a DM and we'll see what we can do.

Visit our shop at devilst.rip/shop-tds.

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The Devil Strip is a community-owned local news co-op whose purpose is helping more residents fall in love with Akron, Ohio, and then help them live like it, which is as much about celebrating the people who make this place unique as it is exploring the challenges that hold us back. We’re here to tell the whole story of Akron. That’s why we’re committed to shining a light on local arts, music, entrepreneurship and community leadership while we also take a solutions-minded approach to the complex problems that make life harder for our neighbors. It’s all part of our mission to connect Akronites to one another, to our city and to a greater sense of shared purpose. We’re accountable to the people of Akron because we’re cooperatively owned by the people of Akron.


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