Please help support the Times!
At The Lawrence Times, we are working hard to accomplish several goals:
- Enabling access to news and information for all who need it;
- Creating an environment where journalists can learn and thrive, personally and professionally;
- Providing the latest news as well as helpful resources and information for readers;
- Amplifying unheard voices in the community; and
- Cultivating a publication for the people of Lawrence.
That said, we do rely on this community for support.
As much as we love what we do, this is not a hobby, and we’re risking a lot to make the Times happen. We believe the work we’re doing is worth your support of just 26 cents a day, and we hope you think so, too.
If you are able, please consider one of the following options.
If you aren’t, don’t worry — you will not lose access to the Times as long as we can stay afloat with the support we receive from others, but we would ask that you please help us spread the word.
Want to advertise with the Times?
Awesome. We’d love to work with you! Visit this page to learn about the options we have to offer.
A little bit more info:
• Where is this money going?
Short answer: It’s staying right here in Lawrence, putting food on our families’ tables.
The money we’re bringing in right now is supporting one full-time reporter, one part-time reporter and per-assignment payments to freelancers and other folks in the Lawrence community, plus website costs, email newsletters and other odds and ends. Our founding reporter is taking as little as possible to keep a roof over her head and food in her cats’ bowls.
Otherwise, we have very little overhead, and we are pouring every dime we can into improving and expanding the Times. We’re also keeping as much of our own business local as possible; for instance, our website is hosted by Wildman Web Solutions, and our T-shirts are made by Ryte T’s, both small businesses in Lawrence. We have no out-of-town corporate owners or anything of the sort.
Please know that as much as we love what we do, this isn’t just a hobby. We’re risking quite a bit to make the Times happen. We hope to be around for a long time, but that will ultimately rely on your support.
• How will subscribers know if this plan is working?
We intend to remain transparent and let you know about that. We’ll share the data we’re tracking as we start to aggregate it. That could take a little while, but please check in with us anytime and we’ll be happy to answer specific questions.
Our hope is that as long as we are receiving enough support from those who are able to subscribe, we can sustain free access for those who need it in the Lawrence community. We also want to keep things simple for all our readers — for instance, we don’t want to demand that folks log in every time they want to read an article.
• You’re asking for voluntary contributions. Why not go nonprofit?
To be clear, we never expect to be incredibly profitable in this venture, even as a “for-profit” LLC. We simply don’t want to limit our revenue options or spend all of our time focusing on raising money and compiling annual reports.
• Is there any nonmonetary way to contribute?
Absolutely! And we are extremely grateful to the many people in the community who have contributed photos and stories to the Times. Please check our “Our Times” page for more information and other ideas (and we’re open to just about anything)! We’ve also now launched our “Community resources” section and we’d love to get all the help we can with that.
Most importantly, please tell friends, coworkers and family members about their new local option for news and information in the Lawrence community.
• Other questions?
Please help us spread the word!
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