Publisher Brandi Schier

We’ve raised more than $34,000 to support community powered journalism

Myself and the team at SPIN would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for supporting our membership drive over the past couple of weeks. Whether it was a financial contribution, a social share, or a meaningful message, we were overwhelmed with gratitude. You helped prove what I have always felt—that we have an incredibly engaged and supportive readership who care deeply about the place that they live and their place in it. Individuals, nonprofits, and businesses all chipped in to help us. 

Including the Facebook Journalism Project grant, we’ve raised just over $34,000 to keep Sun Peaks Independent News functioning throughout this pandemic. While we were short of our $50,000 goal, this still means that we have enough to continue providing important community powered, digital news for several months, especially when combined with anticipated emergency government support for small businesses. If you were unable to support during the campaign, we do have plans in the works to roll out a lower amount, monthly contribution option in the future. 

We’d also like to thank those advertisers who have stayed with us this month and have enabled us to produce a smaller print edition available this Friday.  For those who were unable to continue with their contracts, we, as small business ourselves, understand the tough decisions you are trying to make at this time. 

Potentially most important, your support for Sun Peaks Independent News has given us the confidence to move forward toward our vision of sustainable community news, accountable to and supported by its readers. News media in this country is at an important crossroads, and I believe that we may have created a significant signpost to help others in navigating this challenge. 

Thank you for believing in us and supporting us in this critical moment. 

Brandi Schier
Publisher

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