qnotes has always remained a free community news service. But, producing the news isn’t free. We must pay staff, rent, telecommunications services, production costs and more. Unlike other newspapers, we aren’t upping the cost of your print product or charging you a required online subscription. We know you value independent local media and your one-time gift or ongoing monthly subscription will help sustain our important work.
Monthly Voluntary Subscription Gift
— $10/month (only 33 cents per day) – All thank-you perks at the Sustainer level
— $20/month (only 66 cents per day) – All thank-you perks at the Reporter’s Circle level
— $40/month (only $1.33 per day) – All thank-you perks at the Editor’s Circle level
— $80/month (only $2.66 per day) – All thank-you perks at the Publisher’s Circle level
— Friend – $10 – Your name listed on quarterly reader thank you advertisement
— Supporter – $25 – A commemorative thank you card featuring photos from qnotes’ nearly three decades of community journalism, signed by all qnotes staff, plus the above
— Fellow – $50 – A commemorative poster featuring photos from qnotes’ nearly three decades of community journalism, plus the above
— Sustainer – $100 – An invitation to qnotes’ new annual reader and advertiser open house, plus all of the above
— Reporter’s Circle – $250 – Free print subscription delivering qnotes to your home every two weeks, plus all of the above
— Editor’s Circle – $500 – Free commemorative qnotes coffee mug with historical photos from our nearly three decades of community journalism, plus all of the above.
— Publisher’s Circle – $1,000 – Free half page advertisement for you, your business or a non-profit of your choice; plus all of the above
Please note: Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc., is not a non-profit organization and your donation/gift might not be deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult with your tax professional for any possible tax benefits or other questions.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to these individual readers and supporters who have generously given to support our work.
James Funderburk, Diane Troy
Pat Cotham, Chuck Noe, PFLAG Charlotte
Dale Siar, Jim Thompson
David Q. Cooke, Elizabeth Dunn, Angie Lavendar
Jenny Massad, Leonard Tran
Since 1986, qnotes has been your source for independent, community-centered arts, entertainment, news and views covering issues and events of importance to local LGBT citizens and residents. Nearly 30 years later, the newspaper is still going strong, and we’re still evolving to deliver your news and entertainment in new and exciting ways. Through it all, qnotes has remained a free community news service. But, producing the news isn’t free. qnotes must pay staff, rent, telecommunications services, production costs and more.
As the 21st-century media landscape has changed, the way news companies pay for the content they produce has also changed. Advertisers have more options, as do readers. In response, some newspapers have begun raising the price of their once-free or cheaper print editions and requiring their readers to buy subscriptions to view online content. We don’t charge our readers for our print newspaper or put content behind a “paywall,” but we do believe that readers have an important place in the production of news and entertainment. A mix of voluntary financial support from readers and the continued support we receive from advertisers can ensure that our dynamic, hard-hitting and insightful news and entertainment coverage continues hitting the streets in print every other week and published online every day.
Our voluntary reader subscription allows you to support the news you’ve come to enjoy and depend on. With your one-time or ongoing monthly support, you make it possible for us to continue our nearly three-decade long tradition of community service. You’ll join our advertisers in helping keep independent, local LGBT media strong for years to come as we explore exciting new options and new content delivery platforms like a re-vamped online presence, audio and video reports, a smartphone and tablet app and more. And, you’ll also receive our special thanks at each giving level!
Understanding the costs…
Want to know what your contribution supports? Here are just a few examples of the costs required to produce and distribute your local LGBT media:
- $50 — The cost of compiling our featured events calendar, keeping you up to date on new and exciting events around town.
- $100 — The addition of one new in-door distribution point for the print newspaper.
- $100 — The cost of reporting a breaking news event, such as election night coverage.
- $200 — The cost of an arts and entertainment interview, profile or review.
- $250 — One month of internet and telephone access at our office.
- $250 — The addition of one new out-door distribution point for the print newspaper.
- $500 — One year of data back-ups and archiving of your community news and history.
- $1,000 — The cost of an in-depth news story, investigation or sending staff to cover national news stories.
- $2,500 — One year of website hosting and maintenance and our weekly email newsletter delivery.
- $2,500 — The approximate cost of printing and delivering each bi-weekly edition of the newspaper.
- and more… including insurance costs, office space, computer and technology maintenance and other items!
Note: Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc., is not a non-profit organization and your donation/gift might not be deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult with your tax professional for any possible tax benefits or other questions.