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$29,119 raised by 172 donors provides a platform for Long Beach athletes at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional level. With over 200,000 unique visitors to the website in the last year, The 562 boasts an audience that's grown over 150 percent from year one to year two, and the website has been read in 192 countries across the globe. On social media, The 562's Twitter page has made over 13 million impressions over the last 12 months, and the YouTube channel has over 20,000 subscribers while averaging more than a million views per year. The 562 has also provided mentorship and job opportunities to local high school and journalism students seeking real-world job training. The 562 also embraces and celebrates the diversity in the city of Long Beach, putting forth a multi-racial group of writers, photographers and videographers to cover every corner of the city. In an effort to reach all readers regardless of income, all of The 562's content is released completely free both online and in print. During the COVID-19 outbreak, The 562 has expanded its education reporting to bring breaking news and useful information to readers across the city. That adds to the organization's core competency of providing Long Beach with award-winning prep sports coverage. This not only helps keep fans engaged with local schools, it has also been shown to increase school pride among students and aid high school athletes in receiving college scholarships.

Mission is a community funded nonprofit media outlet that covers sports and education in the city of Long Beach with free articles, video highlights, photo galleries and more. Founders JJ Fiddler and Mike Guardabascio have been covering sports in Long Beach since 2007, and frequently visit local high schools and colleges to discuss media and work with aspiring journalists. The 562 covers nine local high schools, LBCC and Long Beach State, with additional reporting on the LBUSD.

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5940 East Walton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815