Wareham Week, Sippican Week and Dartmouth Week need your help!
If you are a reader of one of our papers and/or websites, you know what we mean to you and your town.And you know that we are 100% supported by local advertising.
Now, as the coronavirus pandemic makes news about what is happening in your town more important than ever, pandemic precautions have effectively shut down the local economy – cutting off much of the revenue that is needed to pay our staffers, our printer, our website host, etc. The situation is not going to get better in the immediate future.
Your donation of any amount can help us through these challenging coming weeks. Even if conditions force us to temporarily stop printing the papers, the news will keep flowing online – if we can keep the staff paid.
We are confident that there is a post-pandemic future in which all our expenses will again be covered by advertising revenue. But we need YOU to help get us from here to there.
In you are not a resident of our communities but want to support a bright light in local journalism through troubled times, here’s some background:
Ten years ago, Beaver Dam Partners Inc. (a small company based in Wareham, MA) was founded with the goal of demonstrating that quality local journalism produced in 21st-century fashion would be embraced by the communities it serves and supported by advertising from businesses in those communities.
First with Wareham Week (serving Wareham), then with Sippican Week (serving Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, MA), then with Dartmouth Week (serving Dartmouth, MA), and associated websites (www.WarehamWeekToday.com, www.SippicanWeekToday.com, www.DartmouthWeekToday.com ) we proved our point.
Each free paper is staffed by two full-time professional journalists operating out of an office in the community that is served. Each is the widely read “newspaper of record” in its community. Three lively websites are updated daily by our staff. Advertising revenue made all profitable through February 2020.
And then the pandemic hit. . .
As of this writing (March 20), we have seen a steady stream of advertising cancellations and non-renewals from businesses that have been forced to temporarily close their doors and stop doing business. We are supremely grateful for the continued advertising revenue from businesses and institutions that are continuing to operate. But we know the situation is only going to get worse in coming weeks.
We need to keep our staffers (now working from home) on the job. And the printer, the website host, the cell-phone provider, and other necessary support services still need to be paid.
Our campaign goal is a conservative estimate of what will be needed to supplement continuing advertising revenue in the next 4-8 weeks. Every dollar donated will be put to use ensuring that our communities continue to get the news coverage they deserve – and that this 10-year-old experiment emerges from the current crisis stronger than ever.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all contributions large and small.
Anne Eisenmenger, Publisher