Do you want to try an experiment with me? Why don’t we hire a student to write for WestonWeb? I’ll use your money to hire a student, and I’ll teach them how to write and research news.
For businesses or organizations If you have a business, this is what I propose: you give me $30, and I’ll give every cent of it to a young writer. I’ll also put your sponsorship on one of her posts, like this:
This post was brought to you by the good people at P&M’s, who serve up the best hamburger special in town. $6 buys more food than you can eat—but it’s so tasty that you’ll try.
For individuals If you’re a civic-minded person, I’ll happily pass all of your money along to the writer and put a nice note below the post thanking you (if you want me to). For you, though, there’s no minimum contribution—I’ll just add people together until we get to $30.
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. Your money does not buy you any editorial control. You get an ad and a link. That’s it. The news is mine.
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. I’m not going to draw up contracts or stuff like that—I’m just going to trust you to trust me. Let’s give this a shot!