Since 2014, The Sunday Long Read has shared over 4,000 (oh my!) pieces of fantastic journalism, and we’ve been continually wowed by the words of thanks and encouragement we’ve received in return.
Over that time, this project has grown from a weekend endeavor handled by Don and Jacob to now include the work of seven senior editors, 11 staffers who’ve built and maintained our podcast and web presence, as well as 70 esteemed contributing editors from across the journalism landscape.
Now, we’re ready for the next step, and we’re asking for your help!
Already a member? Well great! You can manage your account here.
Why become a member?
So, what are we promising members? Not much (for now) … except the same thing we’ve delivered for four years and counting: The Best Longform Journalism. Every Sunday.
As the team charted its future, we established three major goals.
(1) Building a stronger connection with our most loyal subscribers
(2) Ensuring we continue sharing stories for free with a wide audience
(3) Promoting superb writing on a range of topics from a variety of sources.
We think the best way to achieve those goals—to find sustainability despite costly and growing backend fees, and to expand our ambitions to better serve readers—is to develop a robust Sunday Long Read Membership program.
Members will be added to a special email distribution list, and can expect exclusives—a few extra article picks here, a bonus podcast there, maybe even an original story down the road, all in addition to an earlier newsletter delivery each Sunday (or even Saturday). As we talked to some of our top subscribers this year, many told us that an array of perks would not determine their interest in supporting our passion project. Instead, while we remain a relatively small outfit, we shouldn’t let our focus stray from maintaining the high standards we’ve set for the Sunday newsletter that brought you here in the first place. We want to provide the newsletter for free for as long as we can. Our favorite emails that we receive are from aspiring writers, the type of audience we’d hate to lose by going behind a paywall.
All of that said, we expect the benefits of being a member to grow over time. And our charter members will be deeply involved in helping us map out that path. We can’t wait to get started!
Where does the money go?
Great question! Here is a little bit of background on what it takes to produce The Sunday Long Read. We love doing it, but we’d like to at least recoup our costs and ideally help out the young volunteer team members who make everything possible.
- Newsletter Hosting Fees: $2000/year
- Media Subscription Fees: $500/year
- Website Fees: $500/year
- Podcast Fees: $200/year
- Finding Stories: 15 hours/week
- Producing the newsletter: 15 hours/week
- Producing the podcast: 10 hours/episode
- Web maintenance and social media publishing: 10 hours/week
Got questions, or interested in supporting us another way? E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org