StittsvilleCentral.ca launches sustainable crowdfunding campaign

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Your support of $5/month or $50/year will help us hire a part-time reporter for StittsvilleCentral.ca.  To get started, pick your level of support and click “Subscribe”.  You’ll be prompted to set up an account in Paypal, the payment system that we use to manage this campaign.

If you prefer to pay by another method (cash, cheque, etc.) please contact us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


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Letter from the editor about the Sustainable Crowdfunding campaign

 


SUPPORT OUR SUSTAINABLE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Your support of $5/month or $50/year will help us hire a part-time reporter for StittsvilleCentral.ca.  To get started, pick your level of support and click “Subscribe”.  You’ll be prompted to set up an account in Paypal, the payment system that we use to manage this campaign.

Choose your support level


If you prefer to pay by another method (cash, cheque, etc.) please contact us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.


Q&A 

What am I supporting here?
You’re supporting a sustainable crowdfunding campaign to hire a freelance community reporter for StittsvilleCentral.ca.  A reporter will help us continue to grow and sustain a unique voice in your community.

How much does it cost?
A supporter subscription costs $5/month or $50/year.  That includes 13% HST.

Is this like a Kickstarter?
Yes, except that in this model the funds are continuous and sustained over a large period of time. A similar model has been used to support public radio television in the United States (ie, NPR and PBS).  A community radio station in Nova Scotia has successfully used a similar model as well.

Do I get anything special for subscribing?
For supporting StittsvilleCentral.ca, you will be helping to sustain a unique and special community voice in your very own neighbourhood. We are relatively new and support is continuing to grow. As it grows, and with more hands to help in its evolution, we’ll look to offer special events and benefits to subscribers, such as business discounts, special events, etc.

Is the site going behind a paywall?
No!  We intend to keep StittsvilleCentral.ca free for everyone without restrictions.  The supporter subscription is your way of showing your support for this community initiative.

What is Paypal?
Paypal is a secure online payment system that we’re using process the payments and manage the subscriptions.  We chose Paypal because it is simple to use and they have low merchant fees.

Do I have to use Paypal?
If you prefer to be invoiced or to pay by cash or cheque, please contact us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.

How long does my subscription last?
Your subscription is ongoing (either monthly or yearly, depending on your selection). You can cancel it at any time.

How much are you hoping to raise?
Our goal is 200 monthly supporter subscriptions by the end of March, which would mean $1,000 per month towards a freelance reporter.

What if you don’t raise your goal?
We’re confident that we will!  The money will stay in a holding account until we reach our goal. If we don’t reach the goal by March 31, we will give supporters the option to receive a refund.

Who owns StittsvilleCentral.ca?
The web site is run by Stittsville resident Glen Gower, under a publishing and marketing business called OttawaStart Internet Services.  Glen has a background in marketing and communications, and has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University.

How will your hire a reporter?
We will be posting a job posting in the coming weeks. Ottawa has three great journalism programs at Algonquin College, Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Plus there are many freelance writers in the area.

If there’s enough interest from the community, we will also be setting up an editorial board made up of volunteers who can help shape the stories and focus of StittsvilleCentral.ca.

I’m a reporter. Where can I send my resume?
Please contact us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

 

Please send any other questions to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

 


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