The year 2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting one for ROAR. We are currently in the middle of the publication’s third transformation — from a personal blog to a multimedia web platform, to a quarterly print journal, and now back again to our roots as a fast-paced, hard-hitting online magazine.
Over the course of the years, we have built up a worldwide network of hundreds of contributors, thousands of subscribers and hundreds of thousands of readers online. For many of you, ROAR has become an indispensable source of radical news and analysis.
Since the inception of the publication, we have always refused to accept any kind of funding that might compromise our editorial independence or our political autonomy.
Over the past years, our only source of income has been our subscriber revenue from the print issues, which was sufficient to cover the costs of running the magazine. As editors, we continued to work on the project on a voluntary basis.
The discontinuation of the print magazine coincided with some changes in our personal and professional lives that left us with significantly less time to commit to ROAR. We were therefore faced with a choice: either we try to secure alternative sources of revenue, or we significantly scale back our publishing activities as we look for employment elsewhere.
One way in which we are planning to secure ROAR’s financial viability in the years to come is by making a call upon our most reliable support base, which has never let us down over the years and has always had our back: our global community of readers, subscribers and contributors — in other words, you!
Enter Patreon, a service that allows users to support independent projects like ours by pledging a recurring monthly contribution of their own choosing, from each according to their ability. It’s not quite full communism, but hey, ROAR’s gotta pay its bills too!
If you would like to support our project, all you need to do is choose an amount. Even if it’s just a few bucks a month, collectively it will add up and make a huge difference.
Think of it as buying a friend a beer or a coffee every now and then — except we will spend the money on covering social struggles, cultivating the radical imagination and infecting the minds of the youth with a ruthless criticism of all that exists.
Concretely, your solidarity will help us in a number of ways:
- To release regular thematic ROAR issues online;
- To commission timely content on ongoing social struggles;
- To hire a part-time managing editor and copy-editor to help us speed up and streamline the online publishing process;
- If sufficient funding comes in, to start a brand new ROAR podcast.
Support us from $1 a month
Your support — in the form of subscriptions, donations, submissions, likes, shares, reads and much more — has always been essential in sustaining the magazine and allowing it to grow.
By pledging as little as $1 a month on Patreon, you will not only play a crucial role in securing our long-term financial independence, but more importantly you will help shape ROAR’s future as a multimedia loudspeaker for contemporary social movements and an intellectual breeding ground for critical analysis and revolutionary ideas.
Our future as a radically independent voice in the corporate-dominated media landscape lies with you, our readers. If each of you would chip in a few bucks, we would be out of the woods in no-time.
Please consider making a contribution here.
We are immensely grateful for your support and very excited about taking our online coverage to the next level in 2019!
Jerome & Joris
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2018/12/16/support-roar-become-patron-help-us-grow/