$500 for water? Windex? Batteries? That’s right, running a newsroom costs money. We shell out cash for video cameras, freelance reporters, DSLR cameras, microphones, quadruple espresso shots, and more, because getting the news that matters to you, matters to us.
- Accommodations: Our rent is $600 a month. Which means that we pay $7200 for our small (but very well-decorated) space on Mission Street every year. If just 300 of our loyal readers donated $24, we’d have rent covered.
- The talent: Every so often, our UC Berkeley Graduate Student reporters decide to do real-people things, like sleep and go on vacation over holiday breaks. For this, we’ve allotted an annual budget of $40,000, to pay interns to cover the news while our students’ alarm clocks are on snooze.
- Internet: $2400. That’s how much we pay every year to deliver the news to you.
- Hydration: Journalists are famously hungry, but we also get thirsty from time to time. Each month, we spend $40 on water, which adds up to $500 a year. You know the drill. Don’t want to shell out $10? That’s fine, too. Just 100 donations of $5 would handle annual H20 for our thirsty staff.
- Cleaning/Supplies: $2000: Yup, this is how much we have to pay every year to maintain a semblance of decorum in our tiny space.
- Print edition: $8000. Each year, we publish four print editions that cost $2000 each; each one provides articles in English and Spanish for readers who don’t have access to internet.
- Freelancers: $6000. We rely on our talented freelancers to comb the Mission for good stories. We spend about $6000 on these reporters every year, and just a couple dollars from you will help ensure that this continues.
This all adds up to about $66,000 a year. If each of you, loyal readers, donated $10, we would be able to cover all of our annual fees, with money to spare. And extra cash means more reporting.
So consider your donation an investment: in Mission Local, quality community reporting, and most importantly? The Mission, the neighborhood we all love to call home.