TPM’s Membership Grew Quite A Bit In 2018

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December 29, 2018 7:00 am
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But we need your help to reach our goal of 30,000 subscribers by Jan. 1.

If you’re a frequent TPM reader, you’ve likely seen Josh’s posts about the work we’ve been doing to expand TPM’s subscriptions this year.

Beginning in 2018, a subscription to TPM Prime got you access to new, special features each day, including exclusive ed blog posts, articles detailing how our reporters got the stories they got, and explanations of why we chose to focus on covering the stories we did. We think of Prime as a “guidance layer” of the site, helping our readers to understand how TPM is approaching the massive amount of news that surfaces each day.

We also, in 2018, introduced TPM Inside, a new membership tier, which comes with everything Prime does, as well as conference calls with Josh and an array of guests. In the last few months, we’ve held calls with Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, and former congressman Tom Perriello, to name just a few.

We think this is all good stuff. But: The key with these TPM memberships is not what you get — it’s that they are literally critical to keeping TPM going. It’s a rough time in the media industry; in 2018, it wasn’t just newspapers that faced financial woes, but digital media sites as well, including many of TPM’s peers.

TPM has a leg up, however, because we aren’t entirely dependent on advertising, and we haven’t been for years. We have our membership program. Subscriptions to TPM cover a full half of our operating budget. We hope to increase that in 2019, but we need your help.

So, if you want to support what we do, become a member. We’re trying to end the year with 30,000 members, and we remain a few hundred short. Right now we have just over 29,600. Help us reach our target.

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