After 24 years in journalism, I'm not sure I know what else to do and, this is the most important part of this..... I love what I do.
The unexpected turn of events of the past year, from COVID-19 to my being laid off as the only photographer at The Derrick and News-Herald, means I need to find my own way to tell the stories of the community that has adopted me as one of their own.
In order to continue telling community stories through words and photographs I have decided it is time to turn this full-time layoff hobby into a full-time job. I decided to begin by taking on the business model used by some friends and fellow community storytellers in other parts of the country.
They are producing work with the help of sponsors.
If you like good community stories, documents of your neighbors and photographs of people living life, I hope you consider supporting this endeavor.
Eight & 322 has space on its website and now offers opportunities to support the website by purchasing a sponsorship. Averaging more than 5,000 unique visitors a week with high impact stories reaching 10,000 to 20,000 readers on a regular basis.
We will feature sponsors in someway within our stories or photo packages, on specific pages, on the sponsors’ page, along the rail to the right of our blog, or as a simple listing. Here's what we're putting together now for our introductory sponsor program.
Become a Sponsor
Levels 1 to 5 can be changed once a month.
1. Ad on sponsors page, on multiple page rails, in a story at least once a week and a social media mention
$125 a month or $1,250 a year.
(The rail is the area to the right on the stories when viewed on a computer and at bottom when viewed on a cell phone.)
2. Ad on sponsors page, on multiple page rails and in a story at least once a week
$100 a month or $1,000 a year.
3. Ad on sponsors page and on multiple page rails
$75 a month or $750 a year.
4. Ad on sponsors’ page
$50 a month or $450 for a year.
5. Line listing on the sponsorship page
$25 a month or $200 for a year.
Year sponsorships are paid up-front.
6. Special ads can be purchased by the week to run in at least two stories.
$50 a week.
This is my introductory offer and is subject to change. My hope is to grow with a long-term goal of adding more writers and to cover more stories. As time goes on, the ad structure may change.
Payments will be accepted through PayPal or check and due before ads will appear on the website.
Thank you for your interest in local storytelling. I look forward to telling more stories about this area in the future.
Richard Sayer Photography
Where you can purchase photos by Eight & 322