Departure Magazine is creating editorial for travel and urban subcultures
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patrons

$203
per month
Dear reader,

I’m Raphael, editor of the Storyteller section at Departuremag.com. I’d like to tell you a little about Departure’s story thus far.

Departure is a digital journal that covers travel and urban subcultures. We believe that travel is a reflection of the individual's journey through life, and that there's more to life on the open road than tourist traps and indistinguishable hotel rooms.
 
We soft launched in May 2016. 

Since then, more than a dozen contributors have been sending us words from  around the globe: Stories from along the Mekong Delta and the valleys of Nepal; tales of transcendence and shamanistic rituals; manifestos on the solitude of winding, unfamiliar roads, and how they reflect the milieu of our lost, striving generation.

It’s been a humbling experience, and it’s hard to express how grateful we are for every one of these stories. We think of them as gifts given to us by other writers, who believe in what we believe, who love as we love.

We're proud of being independent, but the seed fund we used to start our website runs in the thousands, and not in the millions of dollars that fund larger media entities and publications.

As fellow creatives, it pains us that we don't currently have the resources to give back to our contributors. As it stands, none of us in the core team are drawing salary from this project, but we'd like to give back to our contributors first. 

When we first conceived Departure, we envisioned our journal as a forum that celebrates freedom of thought and expression. We wanted to create an environment that values truth over clickbait, diversity of opinion over political dogma.

If Departure were a house, trust and goodwill would be the mortar that has allowed us to continue building it, brick by brick. 

Will you help us in laying its foundations?


Why We're Asking For Your Pledge


1) To pay our contributors:

Departure is a bootstrap digital magazine, which means that none of us core team members are drawing a salary.

But before we pay ourselves, we'd like to give back to both current and future contributors. We may be dreamers, but it seems like the right thing to do.

2) No to gated content: 

'
You've run out of your 5 free monthly articles. Please subscribe so that we can spam your inbox with more emails.'

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

As avid readers of other publications, we hate gated content as much as you do. But it's often a necessary evil for long-established publications, which need to offset production costs and monetise online.
 
We hope that with your support over the long run, we'll never have to resort to subscription fees to gate off our content. 

3) Media Ethics And The Big Dream:  

The standard business model for traditional publications relies largely on advertising revenue.

This has led to unethical practices like paid-for Instagram posts, advertising masked as reviews and a whole load of unethical bullshit that leave a bad taste in our collective mouths.

Maybe we're naive but we believe that - given time - Patreon and other crowdsourcing platforms could be the first steps towards a more ethical form of online journalism. Journalism that advocates for its readers, and not its advertisers.

We don't know exactly where that road is going to lead, but we're hoping that you'll come along with us for the ride.

We Answer Some Burning Questions
How much are you hoping to pay your contributors?

To start of, we're hoping to pay our contributors in the modest range of $50-$100 per article, depending on how successfully we can reach our Patreon goals.  

How can I be sure that my pledge isn't going to end up paying for your editorial team's chronic gambling addiction?

We want to be completely transparent about exactly which stories your contributions have funded, so we’ll be providing a monthly breakdown of the stories your pledge has helped to support.

How else can I help you guys?
Oh...

We completely, totally, absolutely understand if you're unable to donate (yes, we're totally guilt tripping you). 

Jokes aside, if you like our content, feel free to give us a like on Facebook, or visit our site and read our work. 

Thank you, and we wish you safe roads ahead.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
Thank you for your support! Come make friends with us: You'll get access to our Patron-Only Feed, and a direct line to our in-house content team. 
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Above reward, and we'll be proud to credit you on the contributors' page of our website, as well as in all our future planned content (fingers crossed for a limited print edition and a YouTube channel in the foreseeable future). 
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
The above reward, and we'll send you monthly pdf chapters of our in-house Storyteller guide, Learning To Tell Stories

Learn how to write evocatively, ask overly personal questions and fill in those awkward silences during first dates.

Be sure to invite us to your wedding. ;)
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron
All of the above rewards. Also, get access to our archives (from June 2017), Stories from the basement.

Stories from the basement is a collection of gonzo journalism, editorial submissions and photographs that were too subversive, weird or downright illegal to publish on our digital platform.
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
A very intimate striptease video of our Biz Dev guy.

No, but seriously, we've no idea how we can suitably repay you right now, as we're a bootstrap startup. If you're donating this much, thank you. Truly.

All of the above rewards, and a personalised thank you package, which will contain printouts of our best photographic work and stories, stickers and decals, and memorabilia from our interview subjects and partners.

If you're based in Singapore, we'd love to invite you along to industry events and our monthly get-togethers. The booze will be on us. 
Goals
$203 of $400 per month
We'll be able to run stories from Monday to Friday, starting two months from when the goal is hit.
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Dear reader,

I’m Raphael, editor of the Storyteller section at Departuremag.com. I’d like to tell you a little about Departure’s story thus far.

Departure is a digital journal that covers travel and urban subcultures. We believe that travel is a reflection of the individual's journey through life, and that there's more to life on the open road than tourist traps and indistinguishable hotel rooms.
 
We soft launched in May 2016. 

Since then, more than a dozen contributors have been sending us words from  around the globe: Stories from along the Mekong Delta and the valleys of Nepal; tales of transcendence and shamanistic rituals; manifestos on the solitude of winding, unfamiliar roads, and how they reflect the milieu of our lost, striving generation.

It’s been a humbling experience, and it’s hard to express how grateful we are for every one of these stories. We think of them as gifts given to us by other writers, who believe in what we believe, who love as we love.

We're proud of being independent, but the seed fund we used to start our website runs in the thousands, and not in the millions of dollars that fund larger media entities and publications.

As fellow creatives, it pains us that we don't currently have the resources to give back to our contributors. As it stands, none of us in the core team are drawing salary from this project, but we'd like to give back to our contributors first. 

When we first conceived Departure, we envisioned our journal as a forum that celebrates freedom of thought and expression. We wanted to create an environment that values truth over clickbait, diversity of opinion over political dogma.

If Departure were a house, trust and goodwill would be the mortar that has allowed us to continue building it, brick by brick. 

Will you help us in laying its foundations?


Why We're Asking For Your Pledge


1) To pay our contributors:

Departure is a bootstrap digital magazine, which means that none of us core team members are drawing a salary.

But before we pay ourselves, we'd like to give back to both current and future contributors. We may be dreamers, but it seems like the right thing to do.

2) No to gated content: 

'
You've run out of your 5 free monthly articles. Please subscribe so that we can spam your inbox with more emails.'

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

As avid readers of other publications, we hate gated content as much as you do. But it's often a necessary evil for long-established publications, which need to offset production costs and monetise online.
 
We hope that with your support over the long run, we'll never have to resort to subscription fees to gate off our content. 

3) Media Ethics And The Big Dream:  

The standard business model for traditional publications relies largely on advertising revenue.

This has led to unethical practices like paid-for Instagram posts, advertising masked as reviews and a whole load of unethical bullshit that leave a bad taste in our collective mouths.

Maybe we're naive but we believe that - given time - Patreon and other crowdsourcing platforms could be the first steps towards a more ethical form of online journalism. Journalism that advocates for its readers, and not its advertisers.

We don't know exactly where that road is going to lead, but we're hoping that you'll come along with us for the ride.

We Answer Some Burning Questions
How much are you hoping to pay your contributors?

To start of, we're hoping to pay our contributors in the modest range of $50-$100 per article, depending on how successfully we can reach our Patreon goals.  

How can I be sure that my pledge isn't going to end up paying for your editorial team's chronic gambling addiction?

We want to be completely transparent about exactly which stories your contributions have funded, so we’ll be providing a monthly breakdown of the stories your pledge has helped to support.

How else can I help you guys?
Oh...

We completely, totally, absolutely understand if you're unable to donate (yes, we're totally guilt tripping you). 

Jokes aside, if you like our content, feel free to give us a like on Facebook, or visit our site and read our work. 

Thank you, and we wish you safe roads ahead.

Recent posts by Departure Magazine

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
Thank you for your support! Come make friends with us: You'll get access to our Patron-Only Feed, and a direct line to our in-house content team. 
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Above reward, and we'll be proud to credit you on the contributors' page of our website, as well as in all our future planned content (fingers crossed for a limited print edition and a YouTube channel in the foreseeable future). 
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
The above reward, and we'll send you monthly pdf chapters of our in-house Storyteller guide, Learning To Tell Stories

Learn how to write evocatively, ask overly personal questions and fill in those awkward silences during first dates.

Be sure to invite us to your wedding. ;)
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron
All of the above rewards. Also, get access to our archives (from June 2017), Stories from the basement.

Stories from the basement is a collection of gonzo journalism, editorial submissions and photographs that were too subversive, weird or downright illegal to publish on our digital platform.
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
A very intimate striptease video of our Biz Dev guy.

No, but seriously, we've no idea how we can suitably repay you right now, as we're a bootstrap startup. If you're donating this much, thank you. Truly.

All of the above rewards, and a personalised thank you package, which will contain printouts of our best photographic work and stories, stickers and decals, and memorabilia from our interview subjects and partners.

If you're based in Singapore, we'd love to invite you along to industry events and our monthly get-togethers. The booze will be on us.