An Appeal to Help Sustain the Daily Sound

The Santa Barbara Daily Sound is asking readers for $10 a month to help support their news coverage. The tabloid, which had shown very limited interest in investigative reporting over six plus years, is calling on “the community, to partner with us to fund more investigative reports on city, county and local government. Now, more than ever, we need reporters and true journalists to be focused on government watchdog and investigative reporting,” writes publisher Jeramy Gordon. The appeal twice cited limited resources as the reason for the lack of consistent community coverage up until this point, not to mention the loss of award-winning investigative journalists, community columnists, and business editors to Santa Barbara View and other media outlets.

According to the appeal… “by pledging as little as $10 a month, you can help take the Daily Sound to the next level. Think of it as an optional subscription fee. Our goal is to get 1,000 Daily Sound readers from Goleta to Carpinteria to pledge at least $10 a month to ensure the future of a free, open and honest community dialogue. Ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same.”

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15 Responses to An Appeal to Help Sustain the Daily Sound

  1. Boycott Boy April 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    no thanks… I guess the Marketing Express ads aren’t paying off!

  2. mc April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Those people at ME are crooks. However, the Daily Sound itself reported it failed to pay back a $79,000 line of credit to Montecito Bank & Trust. The Sound also has failed to pay thousands of dollars to other creditors as well. On top of that, it owns the struggling Montecio Messenger weekly and Dining Guide magazine. What other choice does Jeramy have but to put his hand out and ask for donations? People aren’t buying ads anywhere.

  3. el_smurfo April 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    They spelled “lapdog” wrong.

  4. Jennifer M. April 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Can I moonlight at my low-paid City job to do some reporting? Sitting in this booth all day is boring.

  5. Dan Seibert April 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Published five days a week, and with maybe three local stories. It is doomed. I admit I used to go to their site every day when they allowed comments. But when they cut the comments I lost interest. (and now those that posted the crazy are on Edhat or here)

  6. Hollister April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Just have the Distenfelds pitch in ten thousand dollars more a month. No Paper, Save Money.

  7. Mike Wallace April 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    So true. Weve seen what’s happened with government abuse thanks to the loss of traditional journalism. I’d be happy to pay ten bucks if I knew that every dime would fund investigative journalism. Show the reports then ask would be the advice.

  8. Good Plan April 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    The pitch by Jeramy Gordon must have forgotten to mention that Daily Sound is not a non-profit organization and corporation, because he never would ask for cash with no accountability for what he does with the money, would he?

  9. Left Behind April 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Isn’t this Josh Molina’s biased rag? Nope, I am sticking with newspapers that deliver the news; not slanted views.

  10. I♥SB April 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    They started out alright, but have gone downhill since. I rarely read it for free anymore. I’m sure not going to pay for biased, tabloid-like articles.

  11. anon April 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    I too admit I used to go there daily. The comments (Facebook) is a turnoff. I also used to admire Josh Molina’s political instincts, but he’s too in the tank for Das, Hannah Beth, and their crowd. No coverage of Maldonado, or some of the more interesting, even nationally watched races. I only pick them up at a coffee shop to read the horoscope. That’s sad, because once, they were my news outlet of choice for local news.

  12. Nuevo-Repubs April 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    High profile turn out for Maldonado’s campaign headquarters opening on Milpas Street on Sunday. Where was the story? The news is also the growing Hispanic Republican vote his campaign is generating. Where were the interviews of those Latin voices who attended this event.

    • TREY ACORN April 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Really? arent you asking that ? to those that lean a bit different then to cover that?

  13. Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Charge a quarter an issue and see who wants it.

  14. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Why would I pay for their “investigative reporting” – they haven’t got investigative reporters (or editors who can edit or spell). It’s just biased reporting of a different sort than the biased reporting of the News Press.