This is Richard the founder and editor of Whitworth Online.
I initially started Whitworth Online as a way to keep local residents informed and updated about local events, information and news. Some of you will remember that I initially ran a poll asking local residents if they’d like to see a project like Whitworth Online, for the local community and the response, was a huge YES!
After the poll, I decided to quickly get to work and launched Whitworth Online, within days the website and social media accounts were all up and running.
We’re now just over a month into this project and we’re already growing rapidly, with dozens of articles, social media posts and messages. I am overwhelmed with how the community have got behind this project and participated in articles and projects Whitworth Online have run.
We are now at a stage where we want to grow the publication, and ensure we’re reaching out to as many local residents as we can. Unfortunately doing this costs money.
Currently, it is only me who has funded Whitworth Online and the expenses required to keep the project running. I have paid for the domain name, hosting and all advertising fees to date. I have also just paid £33 for an advert that will be displayed in the Whitworth Valley News. It goes without saying that footing the entire bill for Whitworth Online is difficult. That is why I am reaching out to the reader base today to ask for your help and support to ensure the future success of Whitworth Online.
Some people have mentioned that I am making money via Google Adsense. While this is true, to date Whitworth Online has only made £0.21 via Adsense, taking into account all prior expenses this means Whitworth Online has made no profit whatsoever.
I have decided to open a crowd funding campaign on JustGiving to help finance Whitworth Online.
All money raised will go towards the following:
* Promoting and advertising the website & project
* Training local journalists via talks and seminars
* Website hosting & domain registration & management fees
* Equipment to be used by local journalists camera’s etc
Due to this crowd funding and opening up the project to public donations, spending will be made public and accounts will be published on our website each year in April. This is to give all donors and readers the peace of mind that money all money donated will be spent on Whitworth Online and will be spent wisely. We have chosen JustGiving to process donations so that any money we receive can be seen publically.
If each resident donated just £1 it would go a long way to ensuring the future success of Whitworth Online.
If you’d like to donate to our project you can do so here:
You don’t have to donate to help Whitworth Online, there are several other ways you can get involved, such as:
* Volunteer as a local journalist and write articles for the website
* Editing current articles and ensuring grammar and spelling is ok
* Taking photos of local events and sending them to us
* Keeping us updated about local news, events, groups or meetings
* Liking us on FaceBook & Instagram, Following us on Twitter and +1 us on Google
* Telling your friends about Whitworth Online
However you choose to get involved is down to you.
If you do choose to help and support the project, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you. It is only through local residents getting behind this project that we can ensure it’s future success.
I sincerely hope that Whitworth Online continues to grow and serve the local people of Whitworth. With your help and support I am confident that it can.
Richard McKeag – Whitworth Online Founder