We, here at Golden State of Mind, are free to read. And we hope our content is worth the price of admission!
However, there are a lot of media outlets that aren’t free to read, but who do important work in the world and need money to support that work. These news outlets do hard-hitting journalism to provide us truths about the world we live in.
In this age of blatant lies being passed off as “alternative facts” and teenagers in Macedonia being paid to write outlandish fake news stories to be shared on Facebook, we need trustworthy news sources more than ever.
Those trustworthy sources need money to fund investigation and to pay journalists competitive wages to attract the best talent in the field. Now, more than ever, we should consider taking that into account and not just accept the limited free content they’re able to share at a loss.
Enter the social media movement known as #PressOn that we saw on Wednesday. Our own Warriors were out there loud and clear, supporting the funding of our free press. Shaun Livingston and Steve Kerr both weighed in:
"Media and facts are under attack. Help fight lies by subscribing to a real journalism outlet. Tweet your receipt #PressOn— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) February 1, 2017
I saw these tweets and immediately thought that Steve Kerr should check his email more often.
Then, I decided to look into it myself. A subscription to The Washington Post is currently $0.99 for the first month, then $9.99 every month afterwards. For The New York Times, it’s a little bit more, roughly $15 per month. For each of these you get a second subscription to share with a friend or relative.
A subscription to a more local paper is considerably less, roughly a couple of dollars per week. But, for all of these, you’ll get a major discount if you buy the subscription for a year, instead of monthly, though I know that isn’t an option for everyone.
Even if you disagree with the political stance, it’s still important to financially support the media content you consume the most. News isn’t free.
If these are financially sound options for you, I highly encourage you to put your money where it will matter.
If these are not options for you, no shade. Money is tight for a lot of people. But if you can do nothing else, consider turning off your AdBlocker for sites you really support. We may still have a free press, but that press is not free to run.