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|Welcome to the Source|
|Written by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00|
You read us online and in print. You follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can be even more connected to the GA Voice community by joining the Source, our new membership program.
In journalism, the term “source” refers to where we go for information; it’s where our stories come from. For GA Voice, the Source represents the circle of our community: You are our source for inspiration and information, and we are your source for sharing and connecting that information across all of the different, diverse communities who make up LGBT Georgia.
With the Source, we reward your support. Your $30 annual membership in the Source puts you in the inner circle for all of the best offers and deals that we bring to GA Voice readers.
Each month, we will have two drawings of great prizes, only for Source members. The first will be held June 1 for two tickets to Out in the Stands, the LGBT day at the Atlanta Braves, on June 27. The second will be held June 15 for two tickets to see the B-52’s on July 21 at the Fox.
Being part of the smaller group of the Source means your chances of winning are much higher. Each month, we’ll profile the winners on our website, giving you a chance to talk about the fun you had with your prize, as well as to discuss your business, the causes most important to you, or whatever else you want to share with fellow GA Voice readers. And as the Source grows, we will bring you even more giveaways and discounts available only to members.
In addition to special drawings each month, your membership is your invitation to special Source-only gatherings. Each quarter, we will invite you to join the GA Voice staff for a special happy hour with free appetizers, great small-group conversation with others who care about our community, and occasional special guests.
With the Source, GA Voice joins a growing number of media organizations around the country using membership models to more directly connect our readers with supporting the content you want and need.
For media outlets based on subscriptions, these membership programs have often taken the shape of loyalty programs — like the Baltimore Sun’s Insider or the Guardian’s Extra.
For media outlets like GA Voice or Salon.com that already provide our content free to all, membership is available for a nominal annual fee, less than many of us spend on one night out with dinner and drinks.
By joining the Source and also supporting our advertisers, you help us expand our efforts to provide in-depth, quality news and features — by and for our community.
Last year, we debuted “Destination: Gay Atlanta,” an annual travel guide produced in partnership with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau that works to introduce visitors to all of the riches LGBT Atlanta has to offer. We’re proud to say the 2012 edition hits stands later this month.
Our new “Hot Minute” video segments serve up “gay news on drag time,” with a generous helping of signature sass, while our “Meme of the Week” highlights the latest hilarious or infuriating LGBT social media trends.
Upcoming special projects include our annual Black Gay Pride and Atlanta Pride editions, the most comprehensive coverage available.
From daily reports on our award-winning website to compelling interviews with the people behind the headlines in our print edition, our goal every day is to inform, entertain and empower.
Unlike mainstream media, we cover LGBT issues fearlessly and frankly without worrying about offending conservative supporters.
We aren’t afraid to say the “F” word when necessary — both of them — but we don’t believe in being salacious just to create controversy.
We don’t sell editorial coverage to advertisers and pass it off as articles to you.
We celebrate the many diverse individuals, organizations and businesses that make up LGBT Georgia.
We build bridges by introducing you to those who may be less known or even misunderstood in our community.
We champion the shared fight for full equality that unites us all.
Welcome to the Source, and thank you for being ours.
For more information or to sign up, please click here.
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