June 17, 2013
As many of you know, this site has been the online home of Grassroots Press since 2008, and its sole iteration since the spring of 2011, when we ceased print publication. Unlike the print version, which generated a marginal income that at least paid the printing bill, www.grass-roots-press.com has been entirely a labor of love on my part. I have kept it going because I think it is vital for alternative media that provide an unfiltered perspective on a very threatened society and planet to serve as a lifeline in the clutter of misinformation and disinformation provided by the mainstream media.
However, because I have taken on other projects to try to keep abreast of expenses, Grassroots Press online has been less proactive than it might be, relying on e-mail and aggregation to cover and assess developments in progressive politics, climate change, social justice, sustainability, etc., rather than getting out in front of developing stories as we have done in the past.
My question for you today is actually an invitation to comment and provide feedback on how helpful and relevant Grassroots Press is in its current format and whether you and those you may know would have an interest in making financial contributions as donations (and/or subscriptions and advertising) to help us ramp up our coverage.
As we are now based in Santa Fe, if there were an element of financial support, we could cover the Legislature and state government more proactively, while encouraging contributors and writers from the rest of the state to submit timely news and commentary.
The website is due for an overhaul that would reflect a greater, more interactive statewide news presence, and a marketing effort to grow readership and find more financial support through development of advertising or exploration of grants and other funding options, including formal establishment of a nonprofit structure. These changes would require expenditures, both initial and ongoing.
If we make the commitment to ramp up Grassroots Press, would you be willing to help support us?
The alternatives are continuing in our current limited capacity or at some point soon considering the discontinuation of our online newspaper.
Your comments are very welcome.
Editor and Publisher