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With monthly readership now exceeding 50,000 monthly users (and more than 150,000 pageviews per month), What’s Up Newp has launched a crowd funding option to support our continued growth of our news and information coverage across Newport County.

After seven years, we have a major coverage expansion in the works for What’s Up Newp. We plan to increase the number of original news articles published daily by our WUN crew by 50 percent in early 2020, with more coverage of local issues, city government, education, and of course, much more on the topics and things our readers care most about in and around Newport County.

To support this expansion, we’re asking our loyal readers to become What’s Up Newp supporters.

Of course, What’s Up Rhode Island and What’s Up Stowe will continue to grow to cover all that’s happening, new, and to do in those markets. But all support received will be used to grow WUN’s coverage.

The What’s Up Newp website (actually all of our websites) will always remain free; we believe free access to local news and information that keeps you in the know of what’s happening, new, and to do in your community is essential to democracy.

But we hope that many of our readers will sign up to contribute a few dollars a month – the price of a cup of coffee, or even better a large latte – to support local and independent journalism.

What’s Up Newp is partnering with PressPatron, an innovative startup company, to make contributing easy. PressPatron’s crowd funding technology has helped a number of new online publications in Australia and New Zealand, and is now being used in the United States.

Just click the red “Become a Supporter” button on any article to make a secure contribution with your credit card. You can specify a monthly amount, or a one-time contribution. You can optionally create a password to manage or (hopefully not) end your contribution.

Newport County is brimming with news, especially as we head towards the 2020 election. Most local media barely scratches the surface. Your contribution to What’s up Newp will help us in our mission to accurately, comprehensively and fairly cover the essential local news.

Thank you for your support of What’s Up Newp,

Ryan Belmore | Owner, What’s Up Newp

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.