Less than one percent of Decaturish readers support their local news

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 28, 2016
Photo from Decaturish reader Ben Stuenkel

Photo from Decaturish reader Ben Stuenkel

Our subscription drive continues.

Yes, we know we’re bugging you. But at Decaturish, our job is to tell you the truth. The truth is producing news costs money and keeping it free for everyone means we need your support.

Some math for you to consider: at Decaturish we routinely pull down 50,000 unique viewers every month. That’s great for a publication of our size. But the people who chip in to support us account for less than one percent of our overall readership.


We need to change that. On Sunday, we launched a new subscription drive and the response has been encouraging. We received about 80 new signups. Most of the signups are for our two new subscription plans: $3 a month and $60 a year. Still, even at 280 sign ups, that’s about half a percent of our core audience.

The financial struggles many of our readers face aren’t lost on us. The cost of living, especially in in-town Atlanta, isn’t getting any cheaper. That’s why you need local news more than ever. You need someone watching your government like a hawk to make sure they’re spending your tax money wisely. We can get to the meetings you can’t get to. We can ask the questions you might feel nervous about asking. We can demand answers and get results.

For examples of this click here, here and here. Actually, read pretty much anything we’ve written about annexation and cityhood. We have a receipt for that story because we own it. We’ve written about the frustrations felt by parents of City Schools of Decatur students struggling with dyslexia. It’s an important story, affecting thousands of students, and we’re the only local news organization covering it.

The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

All we ask is that if you read us and need us, that you support us. We’re here for you. Be there for us.

We’re trying to get 1,500 subscribers, or three percent of our audience, to become regular subscribers to Decaturish. Please sign up today so we can continue our work.

To subscribe for $3 a month, click here.

To subscribe for $6 a month, click here.

To subscribe for $12.99 a month, click here.

To subscribe for $60 a year, click here.

To make a contribution without a recurring subscription, click here.


About Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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