Why should you pay for what you can read for free? Because it’s better for journalism and better for you.
Part of the reason why journalism has struggled both financially and morally in the Internet Age is because for 150 years it has relied upon advertising. But what if journalists could move away from advertisers and go straight to their readers? Uncensored by the wealthy, responsible directly to the community, stories would be more truthful, more personal, more free.
As a magazine for the present and future, we at The Seattle Star believe in new business models. We reject paywalls and advertising. In fact, we wish to go the other direction: away from ads completely, toward a sustainable model where readers support writers directly and indirectly.
In return for your patronage, we give you the finest cultural writing in Seattle. Supporting our work voluntarily keeps it coming, and keeps it both fresh and free of interference.
And if the moral appeal isn’t enough, we also have swag. For your membership you will receive:
- a Seattle Star T-shirt;
- special printed editions;
- members-only gifts; and
- the noblesse of supporting the finest writing in Seattle.
Annual membership is $24.00 via PayPal. We also accept Bitcoin. We are working on other methods of payment, too. If you wish to make a single time donation, we love those, too!
We will be trying to make this as easy as possible in the future. How easy? That’s the subject of a series of articles…
We appreciate your support and your kindness.