Daily Review launched a reader support campaign last November in the hope that this temporary measure would get us through some tough times as advertisers increasingly put their funds into Google, Facebook and their own marketing websites. But alas, asking readers for support is the new normal. In the last six months things have got tough for huge media organisations like Fairfax and The Guardian, and even tougher for minnow publishers like us.
Arts journalism is being hit particularly hard which is why we ask you to consider helping us to continue to provide an independent voice for Australian arts and culture. We like to think that our two full time staff, our band of dedicated contributors and our passionately opinionated commenters provide something unique in Australian arts coverage – and our recent nomination for an inaugural Walkley Award for Arts Journalism suggests we might be doing something right.
We thank those readers and advertisers who believe that the arts “ecology” depends on an independent, robust arts media.
Mainstream publishers are reducing their arts reporting – both Fairfax and The Australian have shed numerous arts writers in the past few weeks. Meanwhile, Daily Review continues attempts to connect the dots between all art forms by providing a lively curation of news, reviews and commentary. We provide this to our arts-savvy 150,000 unique readers a month while also providing a place for practising artists to communicate to the arts audiences who buy tickets to their shows or buy their books.
We thank those generous readers and advertisers who’ve stayed with us believing that the arts “ecology” depends on an independent, robust arts media; where a multiplicity of voices and opinions can be heard; and where arts companies subsidised by taxpayer funds can be both scrutinised and celebrated. You just can’t get that kind of engagement by looking at an arts company’s ticketing website.
We don’t ever plan to construct a Trumpian paywall for readers, but now it is easier to voluntarily support us on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. This new system was provided to us by an anonymous and generous Daily Review reader who got frustrated with our previous clunky payment system. If you kindly donated to us last year, we hope you might be encouraged to renew your support — and if you didn’t, please consider doing so now. Like Blanche DuBois, we depend on the kindness of strangers.
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