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Helping support independent journalism and independent voices is one of Tinypass’ core missions and it is always heartening when we are able to put our principles into action. Earlier this month we had just such an opportunity when Argentine online publisher el puercoespín – see http://www.elpuercoespin.com.ar – began using Tinypass to help support their operation.
The Buenos Aires-based site, which launched in March 2010, covers politics, journalism, and culture in such a way that “a future anthropologist or historian will be able to uncover some clues about our times.”
The site was founded and is led by writer and journalist Gabriel Pasquini. As with many of our successful publishing partners, Pasquini took the time to communicate the reasons for and benefits of asking his audience for monetary support.
He opens his appeal by noting that the price of a monthly subscription to el puercoespín, $5, is the same as the cost for a movie ticket in the countries where most of his readers live. In terms of benefits, subscribers will have access to Club Puercoespín, set to launch in the first quarter of next year. Some of the club’s perks will include exclusive longform journalism, ebooks, photography, and online chats with leading writers and other figures of note. You can see his entire note, in Spanish, here http://www.elpuercoespin.com.ar/yoapoyo.
At the end of the day, the greatest benefit to all of us is a vibrant and healthy Internet where publishers like el puercoespín can flourish.