Friday roundup: IRS simplifies applications for nonprofits; Guy Raz’s cat gets loose (again)

By Andrew Lapin

• The IRS has simplified the application process for organizations seeking 501(c)3 nonprofit status, which could assist would-be journalism nonprofits, Nieman Lab reports. The agency reduced the required application form from 26 pages to three and halved the application fee in an effort to reduce its backlog. Organizations with less than $50,000 in annual income and assets of less than $250,000 are eligible to use the new form.

• Guy Raz, host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour, is having trouble with his cat, Huckle. The cat escaped from Raz’s Washington, D.C., home a week ago and was taken in by Ally Schweitzer, editor of a music blog at Washington’s WAMU-FM. Schweitzer didn’t know who owned the cat and put up posters in her neighborhood. Raz reclaimed Huckle, as recounted in a Poynter story last week.

But Huckle went missing again Wednesday. Raz and others put a call out on Twitter, and the search is ongoing.

• Lightning hit equipment operated by Delmarva Public Radio in Salisbury, Md., this week, resulting in brief outages, reports Delmarva Now. Lightning struck near the station’s Salisbury University headquarters and at nearby transmitter facilities between late July 15 and early July 16.

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