I am Dawn Niederhauser, CEPR’s Director of Development, and I am highjacking Beat the Press to make an important announcement. Many of you regular readers of Beat the Press may have received an email from me about this, but in case you missed the news, I am writing to let you know that there is a new way to support Dean and Beat the Press!
As you may know, Dean stepped down as CEPR’s Co-Director in January so that he could devote more time to his writing. We are thrilled that he will continue to "beat the press" in his new position as a CEPR Senior Economist. And as CEPR’s Director of Development, I am particularly thrilled that he has agreed to provide additional commentary via the Beat the Press page on Patreon.
For those of you who are not familiar with Patreon, it is a membership platform that provides tools for creators to run a subscription content service. It allows writers and artists (and even economists!) to provide exclusive content to their subscribers, or "patrons." Anyone who signs up to support Beat the Press via Patreon will have access to additional commentary and will be able to engage with other subscribers and with Dean. But the main purpose is to provide ongoing financial support for Beat the Press.
Click here to support Beat the Press on Patreon!
Beat the Press will continue in its current format and will be free to all, as always. Dean has always made my job really difficult by insisting that all of CEPR’s content, even his books, be available for free. So we are mindful that offering any content that is only available to subscribers could be seen as going against precedent.
But honestly? Times are tough. CEPR has relied on foundation funding for the bulk of its operating costs since its inception. Foundation funding is becoming harder and harder to come by. We are looking to find ways to expand our funding base. After evaluating all the options, we decided that Patreon was the best avenue for creating a dedicated funding stream for Beat the Press. That seemed to us to be a “fair trade.”
A big thank you to those of you who have already signed up to become Beat the Press patrons! We really appreciate your support.
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming. And remember, don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers.