Membership: How We Avoid Ads
Obviously, if Speaking of News is not going to make money from ads, it needs to make money from somewhere. In our opinion, the news ought to be funded by its readers. That way we are only responsible to you and can deliver quality news and commentary with no conflict of interest.
Membership will activate when the full site is live, and we will begin an initial crowd-funding style push around that time; this is when we will begin offering membership. I'll post more info here soon. For now, sign up for updates to learn when membership plans become available.
Your membership contributions will go towards paying writers to write for the site (because we believe writers deserve to get paid for their work, rather than other sites that only pay their writers with "publicity" aka nothing), advertising the site, and necessary costs of hosting the site.