853 is creating public interest journalism for Greenwich
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853london.com has been reporting on news and issues in Greenwich and south-east London for seven years. Now it needs your help to continue and grow.

While the traditional local media has abandoned investigative journalism, 853 follows decision-makers and those who influence them to get to the heart of the issues that affect our lives. And it also covers the local campaigns that the legacy press has forgotten about.

But all this takes time and effort. Exclusives such as revealing the anti-gay sermons at a church backed by Greenwich Council take time and effort. Even run-of-the-mill tales take a couple of hours to produce - sourcing photos and double-checking documents.

There are also direct financial costs, such as site maintenance, travel to and from events and Land Registry searches.

In short, I would be hugely grateful if you would consider supporting 853 with a monthly donation. The more people support the site, the more time I can spend looking at the documents and the issues that the legacy local press gave up doing years ago, and the more time I can spend writing about them. I'll also be able to start looking at different issues, as I'll have the time to properly understand them. 

And I'd like to build the site up to get other people involved, to provide a real picture of what life is like for us in our very special part of south-east London.

Everybody who gives some money at the basic tier will get a report every three months detailing what's happening with the site. But if you can afford to give half-an-hour of London Living Wage each month, then you'll get a monthly newsletter with a special take on the issues affecting life in SE London.

Doing this is a bit nerve-wracking. But I’m up for the challenge. I hope you are too.

So, if you like what I do, please do your bit to keep local journalism alive in Greenwich and SE London.

Many thanks,

Darryl Chamberlain
editor, 853london.com
Tiers
15 minutes of London Living Wage
$3.50 or more per month
You'll be making a regular contribution to public interest journalism in south-east London - thank you! (This works out at about £3.50/month including VAT and Patreon fees.)
Half-an-hour of London Living Wage
$7 or more per month
THANK YOU for donating just a little bit more - this is roughly equivalent to half-an-hour at London Living Wage. 


As a thank-you, I'll try to send you a monthly newsletter highlighting what's been going on in Greenwich and across SE London, and some of the best things other people have done.

(Real-life demands mean I may miss the odd month, but I'll keep trying to give it a go.)

One hour of London Living Wage
$14 or more per month
This monthly donation will pay for 60 minutes' work on 853 - whether that's writing a story, sorting out photos or sitting in a meeting.


As a thank-you, you'll get the 853 Monthly newsletter (it may not actually be monthly, but I'll give it my best shot).


And if you like, you'll get a credit on the site thanking you. (If you'd like to stay anonymous, that's fine too - I won't add names that have public connections with those in authority.)

Two hours of London Living Wage
$28 or more per month
This pays for enough time to put together and publish a reasonably straightforward story.


As a thank-you, I'll send you the 853 Monthly newsletter.


And if you like, you'll get a credit on the site thanking you. (If you'd like to stay anonymous, that's fine too.)

(This works out at about £26.13/month after VAT and Patreon fees.)

Sponsor level
$56 or more per month
Got a business? This covers four hours' work on 853 - a morning or afternoon of research or writing a story, or an evening in a council meeting and then writing a short story.

As a thank-you, you'll also be able to sponsor the site - which gets 30,000+ page views per month - with your company logo/message placed on the right hand side of the desktop site.

I'll also send you the 853 Monthly newsletter.

(This works out at about £52/month after Patreon fees and VAT.)

Goals
80% complete
COUNCILLOR LEVEL: This is roughly equivalent to the basic monthly allowance earned by a backbench Greenwich councillor.

At this point, comments will be opened up on the site. Comments take time to deal with and often detract from the story - and in many ways, social media has stolen some of the best comments.

But they can also highlight new aspects of stories and can be useful in their own right. When donations reach this level, I'll open comments on most stories once again, subject to moderation and a comments policy.
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853london.com has been reporting on news and issues in Greenwich and south-east London for seven years. Now it needs your help to continue and grow.

While the traditional local media has abandoned investigative journalism, 853 follows decision-makers and those who influence them to get to the heart of the issues that affect our lives. And it also covers the local campaigns that the legacy press has forgotten about.

But all this takes time and effort. Exclusives such as revealing the anti-gay sermons at a church backed by Greenwich Council take time and effort. Even run-of-the-mill tales take a couple of hours to produce - sourcing photos and double-checking documents.

There are also direct financial costs, such as site maintenance, travel to and from events and Land Registry searches.

In short, I would be hugely grateful if you would consider supporting 853 with a monthly donation. The more people support the site, the more time I can spend looking at the documents and the issues that the legacy local press gave up doing years ago, and the more time I can spend writing about them. I'll also be able to start looking at different issues, as I'll have the time to properly understand them. 

And I'd like to build the site up to get other people involved, to provide a real picture of what life is like for us in our very special part of south-east London.

Everybody who gives some money at the basic tier will get a report every three months detailing what's happening with the site. But if you can afford to give half-an-hour of London Living Wage each month, then you'll get a monthly newsletter with a special take on the issues affecting life in SE London.

Doing this is a bit nerve-wracking. But I’m up for the challenge. I hope you are too.

So, if you like what I do, please do your bit to keep local journalism alive in Greenwich and SE London.

Many thanks,

Darryl Chamberlain
editor, 853london.com

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Tiers
15 minutes of London Living Wage
$3.50 or more per month
You'll be making a regular contribution to public interest journalism in south-east London - thank you! (This works out at about £3.50/month including VAT and Patreon fees.)
Half-an-hour of London Living Wage
$7 or more per month
THANK YOU for donating just a little bit more - this is roughly equivalent to half-an-hour at London Living Wage. 


As a thank-you, I'll try to send you a monthly newsletter highlighting what's been going on in Greenwich and across SE London, and some of the best things other people have done.

(Real-life demands mean I may miss the odd month, but I'll keep trying to give it a go.)

One hour of London Living Wage
$14 or more per month
This monthly donation will pay for 60 minutes' work on 853 - whether that's writing a story, sorting out photos or sitting in a meeting.


As a thank-you, you'll get the 853 Monthly newsletter (it may not actually be monthly, but I'll give it my best shot).


And if you like, you'll get a credit on the site thanking you. (If you'd like to stay anonymous, that's fine too - I won't add names that have public connections with those in authority.)

Two hours of London Living Wage
$28 or more per month
This pays for enough time to put together and publish a reasonably straightforward story.


As a thank-you, I'll send you the 853 Monthly newsletter.


And if you like, you'll get a credit on the site thanking you. (If you'd like to stay anonymous, that's fine too.)

(This works out at about £26.13/month after VAT and Patreon fees.)

Sponsor level
$56 or more per month
Got a business? This covers four hours' work on 853 - a morning or afternoon of research or writing a story, or an evening in a council meeting and then writing a short story.

As a thank-you, you'll also be able to sponsor the site - which gets 30,000+ page views per month - with your company logo/message placed on the right hand side of the desktop site.

I'll also send you the 853 Monthly newsletter.

(This works out at about £52/month after Patreon fees and VAT.)