Matthew Bennett

is creating independent Spain journalism.




per month

About Matthew Bennett


You love Spain and so do I.

This is a wonderful, fascinating country, full of history and politics and personal struggles, whether they are ongoing, complex issues like 60% youth unemployment, the rise of Podemos or Catalan independence, or immediate, urgent stories like the Ebola crisis, a major accident, the abdication of the King or a crime that shocks the nation.

A constantly changing world forces Spaniards to question their deepest values and ask themselves where the nation is heading.

New: We reached the podcast goal! Here are the first episodes:

The only problem—for most people—is that all the adventures happen in Spanish, the gripping tales smothered by thick layers of cultural context, controversial history and political nuance.

I can help you with that. I have been in Spain for most of the past 20 years. My degree is in languages and linguistics, and I love writing and translating and travelling and listening to people’s stories. I created and built The Spain Report.

(There are now also lots of articles in Spanish too)

Journalism—and foreign correspondence—have been in crisis for years. Readers and viewers are not stupid but are overloaded with data and information. What's missing is meaning and context.

So I do original reporting and add in all of the relevant context, history, nuance and meaning.

Patreon allows me to do a wonderful job for you. It’s very simple: you become a patron (supporter, subscriber) and I can do more and better Spain reporting and analysis for you.

So take full advantage of my years of experience with the many different levels of Spain the country, Spain the society and Spanish the language to increase your own understanding of the stories changing this nation. Many of the insights will be relevant to the changing country you live in too.

Choose whichever monthly level works best for you; they all add up, they all help me and they all give you access to more top quality Spain journalism:

  • $3/month—Twitter Supporter: leave your comments;
  • $5/month—Truth Teller: + WhatsApp list + extra podcast minutes;
  • $10/month—Spain News Fan: + Daily Spain Briefing;
  • $15/month—Fake News Fighter: + reporting trip postcards;
  • $25/month—Iberian Adventurer: + 20x30 cm reporting trip prints;
  • $100/month—Super Spain Supporter: + monthly phone call with me;
  • $250/month—Defender of Democracy: + let's meet up for dinner once a year somewhere in Spain;

Your contribution also helps me to achieve some reporting goals along the way, all related to doing better journalism for you, with more professional equipment, across more of Spain, in a more sustainable manner, so please contribute as much as you think you can.

You really do guarantee independent journalism into the future, free of ads and corporate or political influence. You are a hero of freethinking truth. Together, we can learn more about this wonderful country.

Every reader counts.

Thank you.

Matthew Bennett

Patrons say:

“I follow you on Twitter, so…I love all the content you have it there. I just needed to do my bit for you to keep going! Thanks for the AWESOME job you do!”

“I feel happier paying a small amount each month rather than having them stay introducing loads of adverts / product placements etc. What keeps me subscribed is the ongoing content being available - and the thought that I'm contributing to quality content.”

“Love the journalism you do. We need many more like you in Spain, where there is not much impartiality around.”

“Of course, maximum respect for your work and focus, especially with the Catalan issue, so glad you weren’t another “guiri” who had swallowed all the Catalan government lies and nationalist assumptions—we have so many of those here!—and have kept a factual perspective on the whole thing.”
$2,438.19 of $3,000 per month
At $3,000 a month, I can begin to replace recording and computing equipment (computers, cameras, lenses, audio, mics, etc.) to better report on and illustrate Spain for you.

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