Since 2014, The Sunday Long Read has shared over 5,000 (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 10 senior editors, 11 staffers who’ve built and maintained our podcast and web presence, as well as nearly 100 esteemed contributing editors from across the journalism landscape.
Now, we’re ready for the next step, and we’re asking for your help! To sustain The Sunday Long Read, support independent writers, and spread high-quality journalism in a free newsletter, we are dependent upon support from readers like you.
Want to gift a Sunday Long Read membership? You can do so here on a monthly or yearly basis (and thanks!). Already a member? Well great! You can manage your account here, or make an additional one-time donation.
Don’t want to become a member, but feeling generous? You can make a one-time donation.
Why become a member?
So, what are we promising members? Not much (for now) … except the same thing we’ve delivered for six years and counting: The Best Longform Journalism. Every Sunday.
As the team charted its future, we established three major goals.
(1) Build a stronger connection with our most loyal subscribers
(2) Ensure we continue sharing stories for free with a wide audience
(3) Promote 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. They get the newsletter 12 hours early each week, and can expect exclusives—a few extra article picks here, possibly a bonus podcast there, maybe even an original story down the road. As we talked to some of our top subscribers, many told us that an array of perks would not determine their interest in supporting our passion project. Instead, we should double-down on 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.
What do our members say?
“I believe it is vitally important, more-so now than ever, to support high quality, thoughtful, researched journalism. I hope that by supporting you, and the fantastic curation you provide to your readers that you may continue to do what you do and, in turn, support the multitude of writers that get more eyes on their work as a result.” – Marc
“I wouldn’t be the same person without your recommendations and the wonderful writing you turn me onto each and every week.” – Brett
“I love what you do. You are making the world better.” – Ellyn
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: $3,000/year
- SLR Original Program: $6,000/year
- Media Subscription Fees: $1,000/year
- Website Fees: $700/year
- Podcast Fees: $250/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