Regular readers will know that I’m trying to get together $300 to hire a young person to write about the news I can’t get to. We’re almost
25% halfway there. I’ve had $70 $130 in very kind donations, and a few more donations promised. Thank you, thank you.
But time is running out. School gets out next Friday, and it’s a lot easier to find students when they’re all bunched together.
On the off chance that you don’t stop by regularly, here’s the plan:
I’d like to take your money to hire a young person to cover the news. I know there’s lots going on out there that I don’t see because I’m a middle-aged, middle-class, middle-witted man. Another set of eyes would be great.
If you represent a business or organization and you give me $30, I’ll pass along every cent of the money to a young writer, and I’ll give you an ad right below the post she (or he) writes. Like this:
This post was brought to you Do Re Mi Music School. Your kid’s brain will start turning to mush on June 28. Put the munchkin in music lessons to keep her smart. (416) 249-9900.
If you are an individual, I’ll pass along every cent of your donation, no matter how much or how little, and give you a thank you note (or something else that’s nice) right below a post.
Are you in? If so, click on through Or email, call, or text: adam (at) adamnorman.com, (647) 470-9229.
The fine print: This might not work. Last time I tried it, I couldn’t find a young person to write for me. I refunded the contributors’ money, and I’ll do the same this time, of course, if it doesn’t work out.
I’d like to have, say, $300 before we start this, so that I can promise a young person enough work to make it worth her while figuring out the site and how to write news. I imagine paying $30 for one post a week for 10 weeks.
If you decide to advertise, your ad has to be no less classy than the rest of the site (that’s not too classy, in case you haven’t noticed. But, you know, I’m not going to take advertisements from ‘massage’ parlours or whatnot.) I’ll refund your money if we can’t work something out. And, for now at least, the ads will be text and below the post, so that the focus remains on the young person’s writing. The ads can be, say, 40-or-so words long. I’m afraid that your money does not buy you any editorial control. We won’t (necessarily) write about topics of interest to you. The news has to remain ours alone.
And, of course, you’ll have to trust me to make this work. I promise I won’t keep any of the money; I have a great job and a terrible conscience. I’m not going to draw up contracts or stuff like that—I’m just going to trust you to trust me.