You’ve probably have heard about our supporter program and/or are already a supporter (thank you!), but today I wanted to share some more details on why this program is so important to what we do on a daily basis.

What’s Up Newp is free to read, and always will be, but we rely on reader support to keep it that way.

Our revenue is made up from reader support and advertising revenue. More than 50% of our revenue now comes from voluntary reader support. Since launching our supporter program, more than 300 of your neighbors have stepped up during the pandemic to support us and truly make what we have done over the last fifteen months possible.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all those who have become supporters!

We strive to make this platform and all of our content accessible to anyone who would like to be part of our digital community. We believe free access to news, information, and journalism is of utmost importance.

We don’t have a paywall and there’s no subscription fee. We rely on ongoing voluntary reader support to keep it that way.

Today, I ask you to please consider supporting our locally owned, independent news efforts by becoming a monthly supporter. With community support, we can continue to tell more of the important stories that you want and need.

Over the next six weeks, we’ve already committed to adding more contributors and new diverse voices. We’ll also be ramping up the number of our original stories with the addition of a part-time journalist (who I hope we can make full-time by the end of the summer).

What’s Up Newp Supporters/paid subscribers are greatly appreciated and help fund our effort; allowing us to produce more content free of charge and available to all. Any amount helps, and $5 or $10/month gives us a big boost.

Best,

~ Ryan Belmore

P.S. – If you own or run a local business, get in touch at ryan@whatsupnewp.com! I’d love to share with your our marketing campaigns that can help get your message out to our thousands of readers for an affordable price.

What You Get When You Become A Supporter

Monthly Subscription (What’s Up Newp Supporter)

  • Subscription to free daily newsletter, “What’s Up In Newport County Today”
  • You’re a What’s Up Newp Supporter. Enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting locally-owned, independent news
  • Occasional supporter-only posts, access to our full archive
  • Post comments on all newsletters, join the community

Yearly Subscription (What’s Up Newp Supporter)

  • Subscription to free daily newsletter, “What’s Up In Newport County Today”
  • You’re a What’s Up Newp Supporter. Enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting locally-owned, independent news
  • Occasional supporter-only posts, access to our full archive
  • Post comments on all newsletters, join the community

Choose Your Own Amount Subscription (What’s Up Newp Supporter)

  • Subscription to free daily newsletter, “What’s Up In Newport County Today”
  • You’re a What’s Up Newp Supporter. Enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting locally-owned, independent news
  • Occasional supporter-only posts, access to our full archive
  • Post comments on all newsletters, join the community

Already a supporter through Press Patron or SubStack? First, thank you! Second, consider giving the gift of a gift subscription/membership.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.