A new initiative to facilitate the most important and hard-to-fund journalism, The Spinoff Members is a way for our readers to support the hiring of more journalists and play a role in directing new areas of coverage.
The Spinoff is made possible by our commercial partners and community of supporters, who empower us to create quality writing, video and audio about issues that New Zealanders care about and often don’t get covered elsewhere.
If you’d like to support our mission, please click below to make a contribution of your choice. All proceeds donated are ring-fenced for new reporting and editing talent, and every donor is asked about the work they consider most important.
Why we’re doing this:
- Advertising-funded journalism is broken
- We’d love to cover more topics, but currently don’t have the funding
- We want our journalism to be free to all, not behind a wall
- Our readers’ voices matter to us
- Read The Spinoff founder Duncan Greive’s membership mission statement
All active members will receive:
Opportunities to tell us what topics you’d like us to cover
- Exclusive member emails, including a new weekly email from The Bulletin’s Alex Braae
- Donations of $80 or more a year receive The Spinoff Book and tote bag
- Preferential access to The Spinoff’s events
- Undying gratitude and love
All members contributing $80 annually will also receive a copy of The Spinoff’s inaugural book – spanning five years of our best writing and illustrations as well as original and new writing! Publishing in November 2019, edited by Toby Manhire, the book features
- Toby Morris
- Hera Lindsay Bird
- Leonie Hayden
- Michele A’Court
- Ashleigh Young
- Jemaine Clement
- Alex Casey
- Madeleine Chapman
- Duncan Greive
- Simon Wilson
- Emily Writes
- Scotty Stevenson
- David Farrier
- and more
Sign Up Now!
Sign Up right here and start supporting the Spinoff!
You can join on a monthly or annual basis either by our set amount or by koha if it’s not a good idea for you to be splashing it around right now.
* book 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 just have general questions.
By signing up,
you’ll be supporting:
There are some great benefits to membership – a new world news email from The Bulletin’s Alex Braae, and a copy of our first book if you donate over $80 (with a Spinoff tote bag!). 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.
We have arrived at a point where there are things we’d like to do which we can’t fund commercially. After nearly five years, we have a pretty good handle on what the market will support. This is for everything else. And, having just won website of the year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards, and approaching the publication of our first book, it felt 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”. You will, however, 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.
Books will be delivered in November to everyone who has paid $80 or more by that date (including prior longform fund supporters). Whenever anyone tips over $80 for a year, that’s when we’ll send a book out. NB: if you want the membership but don’t want the book, you can signal that at checkout.
Yes! It will be in all good bookstores (we recommend Unity Books) from November 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if the organisation has a need.
Absolutely. Get in touch with email@example.com. 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.