“As you probably know, it’s a very turbulent media market out there. If you enjoy The Spinoff and want to help us survive the storm, please contribute to The Spinoff Members.
You’ll help us keep making homegrown and independent journalism that’s free to all. Our coverage of local elections, the Policy voting tool and our climate change journalism, for example, would have been impossible without the support of members”
– Toby Manhire, Editor, The Spinoff.
For a limited time, all members contributing $80 annually will receive a Spinoff teatowel – illustrated by no other than Toby Morris
A new initiative to facilitate our journalism, The Spinoff Members lets our audience support our work and play a role in directing new areas of coverage. If you’d like to support our mission, please click below to make a contribution of your choice.
Why we’re doing this:
- Advertising-funded journalism is broken
- We’d love to cover more topics, but lack funding
- We want our journalism to be free to all, not behind a wall
- Our readers’ voices matter to us
All active members will receive:
- Opportunities to tell us topics you’d like us to cover
- A world news email from The Bulletin’s Alex Braae
- Our staff’s undying gratitude and love
- Members who contribute $80 or more a year receive The Spinoff Teatowel, illustrated by Toby Morris
Sign up right here and start supporting The Spinoff!
You can join on a monthly, annual or one-off basis either by our suggested amount or pay-what-you-want
*Merch delivered once monthly subscriber ticks over $80 in a rolling year.
If you’re an organisation or corporate entity we’d still love to have your support, either in cash or kind – please email us here so we can get something going together. You can also email us if you don’t have a credit card, or just have general questions.
There are some great benefits to membership – a new world news email from The Bulletin’s Alex Braae, and our tea towel if you donate over $80. But we have consciously decided to keep the vast majority of our journalism free to all. You pay to support that, not to fence it away – to grow that journalism and make it sustainable.
If becoming a member isn’t for you or is beyond your means, please keep enjoying The Spinoff for free.
The bulk of The Spinoff’s income comes from content partnerships – clearly labeled collaborations with partner brands to create coverage of topics they care about. We also create video through NZ on Air, and “white label” content for brands – magazines, podcasts and blog posts that run on their own platforms and social channels. If you'd like to know more about this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have arrived at a point where there are things we’d like to do which we can’t fund commercially. After five years, we have a pretty good handle on what the market will support. This is for everything else. And, having won website of the year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards, and published our first book, it feels like the right time.
We will publish an annual overview which details what we did with the membership contributions in April of each year, and regularly communicate with members to explain, and seek advice on, where the money is being spent.
Not “tell” – but we do listen and respond. You will be surveyed about projects or areas of coverage, and have a special email contact to offer story suggestions, tips and feedback.
We will continue to pursue investigative journalism, and will keep doing so at the same rate using existing ongoing donations. If you would like to expand your donation, you are welcome to do so. Otherwise – rest easy. We will keep at it.
For the same reason private organisations as diverse the New York Times, ESPN, the Economist and the Ashburton Guardian need money from readers to create their content. There is very little public funding of journalism in New Zealand, so to survive and grow we need contributions from our audience.
Paywalls are great for some organisations. We want to keep our content free for all.
No. We currently spend a portion of our income on social media boosting, but this income will be ring-fenced to staff and support journalism.
It’s a weekly compilation of the biggest international news – think of it as a bonus Bulletin, covering essential reads on key global stories.
Yes we will. The Spinoff has covered reality TV from day one, viewing it as an indispensable window into New Zealand’s evolving psyche and culture. We also think it’s important to strike a balance between light and shade, high and low culture and silly and serious work. If that’s not your cup of tea – that’s all good. We recommend simply not clicking on stories which cover topics you don’t care for. But if you somehow do click them, don’t be surprised if you get a lot more than you bargained for – our coverage is very different from that of other sites.
Potentially – get in touch with email@example.com and we’ll see if the organisation has a need.
Absolutely. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. We can talk you through different levels to suit the scale of your business and your desire to help.
The Spinoff has partnered with PressPatron to facilitate its membership campaign. PressPatron is a Kiwi crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to support the future of quality independent journalism in New Zealand. You can learn more about their platform and community here.
Membership payments are processed using a secure SSL connection with 256-bit AES encryption. The underlying payment infrastructure is provided by Stripe, a global leader in online payments who provides credit card processing for companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Xero, Kickstarter, and others.
All credit card data is encrypted and Stripe maintains strict administrative, technical, and physical procedures to protect your information. More info about Stripe’s security policies can be viewed here. The Spinoff and PressPatron do not collect or store your credit card number within their own database.
Once you have become a member, you will be given the option of creating a PressPatron account to manage your payment preferences. Your supporter dashboard will provide you with an interface for editing your payment details, such as cancelling, changing the amount, updating your credit card, as well as other account settings. If you already have a PressPatron account, you can login here.