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Become a Sustainer of OpenNews

Help us reach 250 sustainers, and kickoff OpenNews's second decade!

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Your support makes this community possible.

If you'd like to support us, but aren't in a position to give a recurring donation, we completely understand. If you're able, support us with a one-time donation here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Either way, we appreciate knowing that you're here for us, as we try our hardest to be here for the community.

OpenNews is officially 10 years old! 🎉🎉🎉

10 years of working to reshape the journalism industry for the better.

10 years of strengthening relationships across and within organizations and an ardent belief that our work is always better when done together.

10 years of creating space for developers, designers, journalists, editors, and allies to learn from each other as peers and tackle together the complex problems in journalism.

Read more about our celebration and all we've been able to accomplish in the last ten years.

Join our Sustainer program and kick off our second decade

OpenNews exists to support the community that is pushing to create more inclusive, equitable, and purpose-driven journalism.

We launched this sustainer program in response to feedback from community members looking for more ways to be involved and help each other. By being a sustainer, you ensure that OpenNews is able to continue creating ways for community members to connect and support one another.

With this program, community members can contribute on a recurring basis (usually monthly, but the frequency is adjustable) to sustain this work.

Help us meet our goal by setting up a recurring donation, at any size and frequency that feels right for you. Whether it's a donation of $20 a month, a quarter, or annually, a recurring donation at any level will mean a lot to us, because that's money we can count on, and a vote of confidence from a sustainer we know really cares about our work.

Since we're a small organization, if on average, we reach our goal and all sustainers donated $17/month, community donations would become our second highest source of annual support. One day, we hope that our community contributions become our highest source of annual support, so that the heart of our fundraising is completely in line with the heart of our work.


This community already supports each other in so many ways, from solidarity to advice to job leads to code reviews. OpenNews has long played a role in helping knit together those connections. We're also developing new ways to strengthen that network, through programs like our COVID-19 community care package, which includes programs like peer data review and story recipes, as well as programs like our DEI Coalition, which is working to create anti-racist, equitable, and just newsrooms. At this busy time of evolution, we're excited to share this sustainer program as a way to be able to:

  • Take collective action together in a new way! Alongside all of our other programs, this is another strategy for banding together and supporting the people and the work we care about.
  • Show it is possible to work with an ethic of abundance, not austerity. Collectively, we do have the resources we need and we can pool them together, share them with one another. Give what you can, when you can, and know that a community has your back if and when you need it.
  • Fortify the long-term sustainability of OpenNews. Years of feedback and experience has shown us how important it is to provide spaces for connection and to invest in developing the capacity of individuals in this community to lead journalism forward. This program will ensure we can continue growing this network and its impact on the industry.

Thanks for helping us launch this program!

Photo: Participants at our SRCCON 2015, held in Minneapolis, four years after OpenNews was founded. (photo/Erik Westra)