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Supporting Just, Diverse Journalism Has Never Been Easier
The two quickest ways to bolster our intersectional work and roster of brilliant creators:
The easiest way to support us is to get in on the behind-the-scenes fun. For just $5 a month (although we would never limit you to that amount if you were so inclined to generously donate more…!), you can dive into our newly revamped membership program. The value of becoming a member cannot be represented by mere human currency, but we can say that it comes with access to other Establishment writers and lovers; life advice from our inimitable editor-at-large, Ijeoma Oluo; and a sex column from Establishment co-founder Katie Tandy.
Funding quality, meaningful media is always noble. But, we also know, it can feel fairly nebulous. Just where are your hard-earned dollars going? If you sponsor a story with us, you’ll always know — in fact, you’ll receive a living breathing link to the fruits of your generosity.
We pay a flat rate of $125 for our standard-length feature pieces and $500 for investigative deep-dives. Such transparency makes the math easy — by chipping in $125 (or, of course, $500), you can sponsor one of our articles and at the end of every month, we’ll let all our sponsors know in an email and a glorious internet shout-out exactly which (randomly assigned) story their money has supported.
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That said, night is always darkest before the dawn, and a wondrous, glimmering future lies ahead.
We want to emphasize that we remain the bastion of quality, inclusive journalism, personal essays, humor, magical multimedia creations, and art you’ve always known us to be. We are still accepting pitches, we’re still paying our brilliant creators, and we’re still turning the media landscape on its head by publishing the historically marginalized voices who’ve been shut out of the conversation for far too long.
We remain committed to bolstering diverse voices, surfacing the stories of those most often erased, and stemming the tides of virulent misinformation with thoughtful, substantive, fact-based media.
But we also know that we can’t shake up our broken system without supporting creators financially; there can be no equal representation without money to pay people for their hard work.
High-quality, inclusive media cannot be made for free; if we want a new establishment, we need to build it together.
Below are more piping-fresh avenues for doing precisely that.
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Let The World Know About The Establishment!
We understand that not everyone has the cash to support us right now, so fear not! If you love our work, there are other invaluable ways to show your support. As always, sharing our stories on social media (and now highlighting and recommending posts on Medium) is crucial for getting the good Establishment-y word out and raising the profile of the creators valiantly tackling the inequalities of our world.
Sharing links to our brand-new campaigns is just as helpful! Plug in the hashtag #BuildEST, and you’re good to go…
Fighting The Good Fight Together
While aspects of our move to Medium did not go anywhere near as planned, many of the company’s reasons for its pivot do hold true. This is a challenging era for quality journalism. Print is waning, standard TV revenue is way down in the age of internet streaming, and no one has quite figured out a wide-scale model for making substantive digital publishing profitable.
Medium CEO Ev Williams was correct when he said, upon Medium’s launch in 2012, that our current media system is “unsustainable and unsatisfying for producers and consumers alike,” and that, “We need a new model.”
We also agreed with him last week when he announced that “a better system — one that serves people” is “imperative.”
Our current media system is broken. It does foster a race-to-the-bottom, clickbait-tastic, fluffy listicle model over meaningful, edited, and fact-checked content that spurs a meaningful cultural discourse. Our dystopian political moment was partially ushered in by a tsunami of “fake news.” A new system is imperative.
But while Williams and Medium chase a monetization silver bullet, we believe in a more fundamental — indeed, an elemental — change; we believe that we can’t construct a better system without everyone having a seat at the table.
We believe that we can’t construct a better system without everyone having a seat at the table.
Constructing a just society, a just world, requires real, fair, and authentic representation. It requires filling the gaping void that currently exists in media, providing space for those who’ve been systematically shut out of the conversation. It requires, if you will, constructing a new establishment — one that works for us all.
In a matter of days, a billionaire narcissist who ran a presidential campaign based on a platform of open bigotry and hatred, whose epic lies and lack of a moral compass threaten not just the basic freedoms and rights of our society but people’s very lives, will be inaugurated.
The path forward is a bleak one. Hope is scarce and the challenges and threats abundant and growing by the day.
But we have justice and truth on our side — and we have each other.