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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Techdirt is raising money to fund net neutrality coverage on Beacon. Today we’re announcing two matching fund partners: Twitch and Namecheap. Their commitment will double the impact of the crowd, in advance of this regulatory
Beacon readers have told us they want more coverage of climate and the environment. We’re introducing a world-class collection of more than a dozen writers as part of our new Spotlight feature — and a new way to fund them in a single
Now when you share stories from Beacon, your followers on Facebook and Twitter will be able to read the story you’ve helped make possible — without a paywall. It’s the best way to help your writer grow their following so they can continue to produce more great work and let the world know how you’ve helped fund
Today we’re excited to launch the first project by The Center for Investigative Reporting. If successful, it’ll expand the reporting about how surveillance is being used on the local level by city and state governments to track typical
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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