Our team: L to R, Lynn Sanchez, Karlha Rivas, Chris Bowling, John Heaston. Back row, Bridget Fogarty, Tylonda Sanders. Not pictured: Leah Cates.

We’re asking you to show your support because 2022 is looking very ambitious for our small outfit.

Like what, you ask?

  • The Reader is bringing an established and proven civic journalism and engagement program to Omaha. Curious? We’ll announce it soon!
  • We launched our (Dis)Invested series, a thorough and extensive collaborative journalism initiative to explore, humanize, address and seek solutions for systemic inequities.
  • We’re working on deep dives into the significant gaps in education and affordable housing.
  • With our sister publication El Perico we’ll continue to look more closely at immigration.

Every little bit helps, and our Member Plans start at just $5 per month.

Not interested in becoming a member right now? Consider signing up to receive our free Reed Moore newsletter, featuring everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha and Nebraska. We find the latest headlines so you don’t have to, and then we deliver them to your inbox (with a comic, fact of the day, and some other goodies) every weekday at around 11 a.m.

Start Plan – $5/mo or $50/yr

Start Plan Benefits

  • Member Support Recognition Page – Kinda like having your name on a brick on a fancy walk, but on a special page on thereader.com. Aliases welcome.
  • The Reader Home Delivered Every Month – You’ll receive a monthly print edition of The Reader at your home (or other address of choice) by USPS delivery.
  • A Members-Only Exclusive Newsletter – Before each issue hits the stands, you’ll receive a sneak peek of what to expect, as well as a breakdown of what our thought process was as we put the issue together. There will also be various updates about goings-on at The Reader HQ.

It’s Taken 30 Years to Create Today’s Reader

Lead News Reporter Chris Bowling

“I remember the first time I heard a podcast. It was around this time of year in 2014. I was driving across Iowa in the middle of the night, on my way home to Ohio after my first semester of journalism school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The 12-hour drive was filled with Serial’s Sarah Koenig telling the story of a mysterious murder in Baltimore. I was hooked.

Fast forward seven years and I’m still just as enamored with podcasting. That’s when I wondered, why doesn’t The Reader have one?

Enter Reader Radio. A biweekly show with interviews, radio stories and more about the creative, interesting and diverse people of Omaha. It has been a big effort to put together, but so far we’ve done stories about everything from the challenges and opportunities of building a more inclusive Omaha to how our city succeeds and fails when it comes to transit.

We want to be ambitious and give Omaha the journalism it deserves. By showing your support, you can allow us to hire more editors or reporters, buy more equipment and be on the cutting edge of the next big step in modern storytelling.
Listen to our latest episode of Reader Radio wherever you get your podcasts to hear editor, publisher and co-founder John Heaston talk about the history of The Reader.


Support Plan – $10/mo or $100/yr

Support Plan Benefits

  • Member Support Recognition Page – Kinda like having your name on a brick on a fancy walk, but on a special page on thereader.com. Aliases welcome.
  • The Reader Home Delivered Every Month – You’ll receive a monthly print edition of The Reader at your home (or other address of choice) by USPS delivery.
  • A Members-Only Exclusive Newsletter – Before each issue hits the stands, you’ll receive a sneak peek of what to expect, as well as a breakdown of what our thought process was as we put the issue together. There will also be various updates about goings-on at The Reader HQ.
  • Our Secret Social Media Group – What are we saying, who’s talking about what? Join and find out! You’ll be able to interact with other Reader members and be privy to the occasional members-only post. But don’t tell anyone else, it’s secret. (Currently only available by Facebook Group.)
  • The Reader Gift Subscription – Keep social distance, hold on to your own copy of The Reader, and send a gift subscription to family and friends. (Can be the same address if it’s that hard to share.)

Free Journalism… Isn’t Really

Director of Creative Services Lynn Sanchez

“People probably don’t realize that our full-time staff is less than 10 people. Most of what’s in the paper and online is created by freelancers; writers, columnists, reviewers, editors, photographers, interns, graphic designers, videographers, documentarians, animators and multimedia producers.

It takes somewhere between 20 and 30 freelancers to create each issue.

A quick estimate for all that work? $1,517.24 for one story. And we do that hundreds of times a year.

Our freelancers have to genuinely love what they do and be dedicated to The Reader’s mission or they wouldn’t do it. Your support helps us deepen the talent pool and keep giving creative people a place to work and share useful information and entertainment with the community at large.”


Pillar Plan – $20/mo or $200/yr

Pillar Plan Benefits

Dr. Jeff Popp of Popp Cosmetic Surgery talks about why he became a Pillar Member to support local journalism by The Reader and El Perico.
  • Member Support Recognition Page – Kinda like having your name on a brick on a fancy walk, but on a special page on thereader.com. Aliases welcome.
  • The Reader Home Delivered Every Month – You’ll receive a monthly print edition of The Reader at your home (or other address of choice) by USPS delivery.
  • Our Secret Social Media Group – What are we saying, who’s talking about what? Join and find out! You’ll be able to interact with other Reader members and be privy to the occasional members-only post. But don’t tell anyone else, it’s secret. (Currently only available by Facebook Group.)
  • A Members-Only Exclusive Newsletter – Before each issue hits the stands, you’ll receive a sneak peek of what to expect, as well as a breakdown of what our thought process was as we put the issue together. There will also be various updates about goings-on at The Reader HQ.
  • The Reader Gift Subscription – Keep social distance, hold on to your own copy of The Reader, and send a gift subscription to family and friends. (Can be the same address if it’s that hard to share.)
  • An Invite to a Publisher Chat – Held virtually for now, meet with the publisher in a small group setting to give him a piece of your mind or hear more about the future plans for The Reader and its sister publication, El Perico.

Questions?

If you have questions about your membership, or how to join, please email join@thereader.com.