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Beacon empowers writers by letting you fund their work for $5 a month. That means you, the reader, decide what writers and stories get published instead of advertisers.

A worldwide team of journalists

When you fund a writer on Beacon, you also get access to every story from every other writer. New writers are added each month so your subscription becomes more valuable over time.

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For $5 a month, you can access every story, by every writer on Beacon — it’s like Netflix for news. You can pay by Credit Card, PayPal, or Amazon, and cancel your subscription at any time.

A clean, ad-free reading experience

Beacon was designed from the ground up to be a clean and simple reading experience that looks and feels great on any screen. It wasn’t easy, but trust us, it was worth it.

Beacon Blog

This is the blog for the Beacon team. We’ll use it to share updates about the product, interviews with our writers and other news about what we’re working on. We’ll also share some of our thinking on the direction media is headed. For support, e-mail us at help@beaconreader.com

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A Better Commenting Experience

Today we’re launching the Beacon commenting system. Now subscribers and writers will be able to create comments using their Beacon accounts, and get notifications when there’s a reply. Here’s how it… 

Project Spotlight: A Deeper Look at Basketball Analytics

Ben Dowsett and Layne Vashro want to change the way you evaluate the NBA and have built a new statistical model to help. In this post, Ben explains what they hope to accomplish if their project gets… 

Project Spotlight: A Quantitative System for Evaluating Beer

Occasionally, we’ll invite prospective Beacon writers to share a bit more about their projects. Writer Scott Mitzner found a better system for evaluating beer. When his project gets funded, he’ll provide you deep analysis of a different beer style every month, and recommendations on what to drink… 

The Worth It Button: A New Way of Rewarding Creators

Today we’re rolling out the Worth It button to all subscribers on Beacon. It’s a new way of voting for the stories that you find most valuable — and rewarding the creators who made them. Here’s how it… 

BEACON + Y Combinator

Today we’re announcing we’re a part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2014 batch. We want to share a short note about what this means for Beacon, and extend an invitation to meet up if you’re a writer in the San Francisco Bay… 

A Cross-Atlantic Partnership for Independent Journalism

Beacon and The Post Online/Reporters Online are collaborating to help spread the work of independent journalists from around the world, sharing select articles and writers from across both… 

The First BEACON Publication: Meet Climate Confidential

In conjunction with six experienced environmental reporters, we’re launching the first publication hosted on Beacon. It’s called Climate Confidential, and it’s a bold new experiment in telling stories — and finding the means to support… 

Introducing Projects

We’ve been testing a new feature called Projects that lets writers introduce new types of reporting to the BEACON community. Now we’re giving access to even more writers. Here’s how projects… 

Giving the Gift of BEACON

Today we’re launching gift subscriptions, a new way to support a writer and share great stories for any special occasion. Gift subscriptions are available for lengths of three months, six months or a year, and can be sent to anyone,… 

Pay Me Please

Media organizations often don’t pay journalists for the work they’ve provided in a timely manner. Beacon writer Iona Craig just dealt with this with the BBC, so she joined up with Beacon to create a new site to… 

Introducing Discussions on Beacon

We’re launching a new feature in Beacon called “Discussions” - a simple way for readers and writers to engage. Readers can post questions and writers can find out what readers are most interested in. It’s live right now, so give it a try and let us know what you… 

The Start of Something New

We’re introducing our first sports reporters to Beacon, covering soccer culture in the United States and Germany. In coming weeks, we’ll be adding more writers in more subject areas. Let us know who you want to read… 

Meet the Writer: Gaar Adams

Gaar Adams, 25, traded Wisconsin for New York, Yemen and eventually Abu Dhabi, where he’s reporting stories for his readers on Beacon. We chatted with Gaar about his love of Arabic language and culture, and how Abu Dhabi’s glitzy reputation belies the city’s fascinating immigrant… 

The Reader-Writer Relationship

Market economics in publishing can’t support a lot of the stories that deserve to be told. When everything’s crammed into an ad-supported model, plenty of amazing articles, commentary and reporting get left behind. We firmly believe any solution to this problem rests on three core things: reader, writer, story. Let’s tease out what that looks… 

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Turn Your Followers Into Gold

The new website, which Sanders cofounded with former Facebook managing editor Dan Fletcher and developer Dmitri Cherniak, is based on the idea that loyal readers will pay to read the writers they like. Specifically, Beacon readers will pay five dollars a month for access to all of the content produced by the writers Fletcher has assembled — with the largest share (about 60% of that money) will go to a single, “favorite” writer, with the remainder to be split among the… 

Beacon: A Platform that Pays Journalists

Former Facebook managing editor Daniel Fletcher and the two founders behind the Backspaces storytelling app have launched the beta version of a platform that aims to help independent journalists get paid for their work. Called Beacon, the new platform lets readers follow their favorite writers, and others who publish on the service, for a monthly… 

Meet Beacon: The Netflix for News

Would you pay $5 a month to support your favorite writer? What if doing so gave you access not only to that writer’s articles, but also to a large and growing body of exclusive work from like-minded journalists? That’s the idea behind Beacon, a new startup that catchily describes itself as a sort of “Netflix for…