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CHS sabbatical: We’re back

Do as the bird says. Subscribe to CHS.

It has been six months since CHS was regularly posting daily news. After a break, we are back.

Some things have not changed. CHS returns with the same basic model of what we hope is excellent reporting from a small core team and a wide ranging army of regular — and irregular — contributors, usually pretty swell writing, great photography, and a focus on high-level journalism at the neighborhood level. We won’t pretend to get “all sides” in any story — but I guarantee we will give humanity a fair shake.

Some things have changed. For a decade, CHS survived as a business thanks mostly to advertisements purchased by local merchants, restaurants, and community organizations and programs. We will continue to offer the service, though you will probably notice fewer ads on the site.

To continue into a new decade, CHS must now more fully turn to its readers for support. A trio of dedicated journalists are in place at our core — longtime CHS contributor photographer Alex Garland, CHS newbie and respected Seattle reporter Kelsey Hamlin, and me, a community news publisher character played by Justin Carder :).

Now comes the pitch. We will not (yet) be building a subscription wall like the New York Times or the Seattle Times. It’s just not practical at this point for us from the technology end of things and the last thing we want is for the site to be slowed.

But CHS will also no longer be free — exactly.

To succeed, we believe CHS needs to have at least 2,000 subscribers paying to help support the site.

SUBSCRIBE TO CHS

We’re asking you to subscribe TODAY and pay what you can. It is not a model you see a lot in the neighborhood news biz. But we hope you will agree there aren’t a lot of neighborhood news sites like CHS out there.

SUBSCRIBE TO CHS

Some 8,000 or so people come to read the site on any given day — more than 100,000 in the course of any month. We will keep everybody up to date on our progress and plan to make a big push these first few weeks to get the ball rolling. You can help spread the word, too.

Questions, comments, concerns? Let’s talk in the comments.

THANKS FOR READING,
Justin

 

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lee
lee
3 years ago

Hi
Is there a way to just write one check to CHS rather than set up yet another online withdrawal? If so, please advise on where to send it.
Thanks.

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
3 years ago
Reply to  lee

Can you take PayPay to the chs@capitolhillseattle.com email address?

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
3 years ago
Reply to  lee

I meant PayPal, of course.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Are you counting existing Patreon supporters towards your goal of 2,000?

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Oh, I see that you are. Just checked the Patreon page. :-)

JayH
JayH
3 years ago

Welcome back to the grind. Happy to contribute.

AdamG
AdamG
3 years ago

So glad I can help! You rock.

Ella
Ella
3 years ago

All in!!! Welcome back!!!

Timmy73
Timmy73
3 years ago

So glad you’re back! So much so I decided to contribute ongoing.

Randy
Randy
3 years ago

Welcome back! I’m happy to have been supporting CHS for a couple of years now, and happy to have just upped my contribution.

FNH
FNH
3 years ago

So glad to have you back! I just reinstated my subscription.

Central Districtite
Central Districtite
3 years ago

Welcome back! I just became a Patreon supporter. It looks like the Central District News tab has disappeared completely now? Is CHS still planning on covering news in the CD? I hope so.

Toodles
Toodles
3 years ago

Oh look, another SJW with a “Pay-me” account.

AdamG
AdamG
3 years ago
Reply to  Toodles

Ever subscribed to a newspaper or periodical?

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

Welcome back!

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
3 years ago

Great news! Thanks for your re-commitment, Justin. I’ll be contributing soon.

Catherine Hillenbrand
Catherine Hillenbrand
3 years ago

Delighted! and happy to continue my subscription…..