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To provide better community access of local news and events, help us bring the weekly articles of thebrentwoodspirit.com to print.

TheBrentwoodSpirit.com is a weekly community news website devoted to the town of Brentwood, Missouri.

Founded in 2010, its goal has been to cover local news and events and make the information easily accessible to all.

Local coverage is almost a lost art in today’s world of journalism for the masses. Countless small community newspapers have been snuffed out by large, regional newspapers or national online news services and many small, local businesses cannot afford to advertise. For the larger media outlets to turn a profit, ad space must be sold to businesses that can afford to market regionally, nationally, or globally.

Lost in the mix is the news of what’s happening to you, in your community.

In the last year and a half, The Brentwood Spirit has made smalltown news available on the web. However, we've found that not everyone in the community can access it.

Click on the green arrow at the top to learn more.

Would you like to support and encourage this effort to bring The Brentwood Spirit to print? 

If you're a Brentwood resident, would you like to receive weekly printed editions of The Brentwood Spirit and be able to view all the local news on The Brentwood Spirit website? We would too, and that’s why we’re asking for your help.

In order to bring The Brentwood Spirit to print, we need to raise $20,000 in seed money.

It is The Brentwood Spirit’s challenge to not only reflect the spirit of the community, but historically document our community for generations to come. Although all the photos and articles from the last year and a half do both quite well, not everyone in the community has access to the online site, also,  our local organizations and advertisers need the type of exposure that print provides.

We have partnered with Kickstart.com to help us.

How will this work?Choose the amount you wish to donate:

Donations of any size are welcome.

Log in or sign up with Kickstarter, and then we'll send you to Amazon Payments to complete the checkout process.

Q & A’s about the process:

When is my credit card charged? If this project is successfully funded, your credit card will be charged, along with all the other backers of this project.

So I'm only charged if funding succeeds? Yes! That's part of what makes Kickstarter special. If a project isn't successfully funded, no one pays anything.

What if I want to change my pledge? You can change or cancel your pledge anytime before the date listed as the funding date.

If this project is funded, how do I get my reward? When your reward is ready, The Brentwood Spirit will send you a survey via email to request any info needed to deliver your reward (mailing address, shirt size, etc).

15 Reasons to Support The Print Expansion of The Brentwood Spirit:

-Bring better community access to local news, articles,
photos, and advertising.

-Document today’s news as historical record for generations
 to come. 

-Provide easy access to merchant coupons and discounts

-Newspaper inserts are a helpful way to have newsletters and
 flyers delivered to the community without the added expense
of postage and delivery charges. This also cuts down on
neighborhood clutter and trash.

-Revenue from printed advertising dollars can help support continued and thorough community news coverage.

-The internet is the way of the future, but it’s not here yet.

-All online content is searchable and archived and it’s
important that the website be kept and maintained into
the future.

-All news of businesses and individuals posted can be found
by using a search engine.  It is our hope that the site promotes
our people and community around the world. 

-Print editions are handy for visitors, and business customers to
pick up at local outlets.

-Printed articles and photos make great keepsakes.

-Community newspapers -

     -Offer a voice to the community 

     -Promote and encourage the art of journalism

     -Reflect the identity of the community it serves

-Brentwood currently has the local talent to write and manage a
this local paper.

-Keeps advertising and support dollars local.  Your financial
support of The Brentwood Spirit provides local jobs.

FAQ

  • This is great! We enjoy the online edition better ourselves however, we want to keep our “paper” free of charge for our residents. Even though you will not be a print edition reader, If you love the online edition I’m asking that you support the print launch and here's why:

    We found that advertisers and potential advertisers are often more willing to pay for print ads and not online ads and those are advertising dollars The Brentwood Spirit needs.

    When we started our website, we assumed that print was dead, but we found that locally, a lot of people still want to receive print editions and advertisers want to be assured that everyone will see their ads. Right now, advertisers are spending their dollars on coupon and mailing services (think of those fat envelopes of little coupons that come in the mail once a week); paying people to go door to door with coupons and flyers and newsletters.

    We must give everyone what they want in order to keep providing the online edition.

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