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* True statistic: If just 1 in 10 people who see this page this month subscribe, it would cover rent for a Lawrence Times reporter. *
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If you can’t pay to subscribe to the Times, that’s OK. (In fact, that’s why we’re here.) But you can still help support us without paying a dime by signing up for our email newsletters, and it’s always helpful for folks to share our articles, encourage friends and family to like and follow us on social media, and tell everybody who can that they should visit this page and support the Times.
In addition, we aim to truly be a community news publication, and we need members of the community to help us build that. If you have news or photos to share, please send them our way. Want to share your opinion on a hot topic? Please do.
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More information: Why subscribe?
At The Lawrence Times, we are working hard to accomplish several goals:
• Enabling access to news and information for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay;
• Creating an environment where journalists can learn and thrive, personally and professionally (and hopefully stay in this industry);
• Providing the latest news as well as helpful resources and information for readers;
• Amplifying historically marginalized and unheard voices in the community;
• Cultivating a publication for the people of Lawrence that reflects the values of our neighbors; and
• Keeping local control over local news.
We believe the work we’re doing is worth your support, and we hope you think so, too.
• Where is this money going?
Short answer: It’s staying right here in Lawrence, putting food on our families’ tables. We have no out-of-town corporate owners.
We love this town, and we want to be able to contribute to its success.
Longer answer: The money we’re bringing in right now is supporting two part-time reporters and payments to plenty of freelance reporters, columnists, photographers, 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 back 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 merchandise is made by Ryte T’s, both small businesses in Lawrence.
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.
• What benefits do paying subscribers get?
Our philosophy is that income shouldn’t determine people’s access to critical information they need to live and engage in their communities. The benefit of paying is that the Times can continue to exist, for you and for everyone.
Because our focus is equity, we don’t want to offer special benefits to certain people that we’re not offering to others. We hope that our paying subscribers will understand and appreciate that mindset. We also want to keep things simple for all our readers — 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.
• What else do people like about the Times?
We’ve heard a lot of odds and ends — things people like about the Times, and things that set us apart from other news outlets. Here are a few examples:
We don’t allow comments on our articles. | We don’t attempt to exploit people in this community to get more “clicks.” | We care about parents’ concerns, especially regarding kids in K-12 schools. | We aren’t in anybody’s pocket. | We are a tiny grassroots publication (just founded in February and only publishing since March 8, 2021), but we’re covering important issues in this community, and we’re doing it fairly and accurately. | We provide links to more information or previous coverage wherever we can and save the reader the search. | Food reviews. Yum. | No login needed to read! | We care what you think.
• Other questions?