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(Please Note: What’s Up Newp is a for-profit locally owned, independent online news publisher. While contributions do get poured right back into our coverage of serving you and our community, they are NOT tax-deductible)


Delivering worthwhile local news is truly a community-wide effort. It takes a dedicated crew and a loyal readership working together to make it happen. If you appreciate what we do, please consider supporting us today! 

What’s Up Newp has partnered with PressPatron, a crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to support blogs and journalism websites. 

Other ways to give;

Non-tax deductible contributions can also be made via

  • Venmo (@RyanBelmore)
  • Paypal (PayPal.Me/whatsupnewp)
  • or by mail (What’s Up Newp 270 Bellevue Avenue #184 Newport, RI 02840

Thank you for supporting locally-owned, independent news.

~ Ryan Belmore & the What’s Up Newp Crew


From The Editor: We’re in this together, let’s rebuild our community together | May 11th, 2020

For weeks, maybe months, I’ve sat here reading about, hearing about, and writing about how local businesses, nonprofits, and residents are struggling, hurting, stretched thin, and worried about what’s to come.

Businesses are hurting, struggling, and trying to find their way in this new normal. Nonprofits have had to cancel popular spring and summer fundraisers that brought in a large portion of their annual revenue, all while some are providing more services to our neighbors than they ever have before.

What’s Up Newp is also hurting. In general, about 75% of our revenue comes from advertising and about 25% from What’s Up Newp Supporters – readers who financially support us with a one-time or recurring contribution.With businesses closed, events canceled and the future unknown, What’s Up Newp has lost the vast majority of our planned income for the year.

Businesses and nonprofits also need help getting the word out about what they are doing and offering in this new COVID-19 world.

Let’s work together and rebuild together.

Today, What’s Up Newp is introducing “We’re In This Together Community Program”. There are two important parts to this program, each option supports our community in big ways overall.

This program allows What’s Up Newp Supporters to support local businesses, nonprofits, and What’s Up Newp.

Beginning May 1st, and every month throughout the remainder of the year, we’ll match total contributions with an advertising credit for one local nonprofit and one local business, both who will provide essential employment, services, and support to our community.

How It Works: At the end of each month, we’ll email supporters that became a What’s Up Newp Supporter that month and ask them to submit one local nonprofit and one local business that they’d like to see receive support/an advertising credit from us. We’ll tally that up and pick one local business and one local nonprofit either by popularity or at random to split that advertising credit (for example – if What’s Up Newp supporters give $1,000 in June, one business and one nonprofit will each receive a $500 advertising credit to use at their discretion).

Next Steps For Readers

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

(Please Note: Contributions are NOT tax-deductible)

This program also offers an opportunity for business owners to promote their business, support What’s Up Newp, AND give back to our community.

Beginning May 15th and for the remainder of the year, What’s Up Newp is offering local and independent businesses the opportunity to advertise their business on our website at any rate that they can afford.

That’s right, we’re going back to the old honor system. Every advertisers in this program will receive the same opportunity to reach our readers, no matter what they spend and can afford.

This program offers the opportunity to run one 728×90 banner ad and/or one 300×300 square ad on whatsupnewp.com. All ads in this program will have run of site and will be be rotated evenly.

We have heard how difficult this time is for businesses and can only imagine what businesses are going through. We mean it when we say pay what you can.

When businesses participate in this program, they’ll be accomplishing three things:

  1. You’ll be advertising your business on Newport County’s most-read news source. In the last 12 months (May 1st, 2019 – April 30, 2020) more than 759,197 unique visitors visited whatsupnewp.com, resulting in more than 1.9 million pageviews.
  2. You’ll be supporting What’s Up Newp and our working to bring journalism, news, and information to your neighbors and the communities that we serve.
  3. Local nonprofits will have the opportunity to advertise on our site for free because of your support. Example – let’s say a business spends $200 per month in our program. Along with advertising their business, we will also make a $200 advertising credit available for a nonprofit of the business’s choice or one that we feel needs the help if the business chooses for us to decide on a nonprofit.

Of course, this program is also available to all current What’s Up Newp advertisers. Our current and most recent past advertisers will also receive exclusive advertising opportunities (check your email in the coming days).

What’s Up Newp reserves the right to deny any advertisement that goes against our editorial and community standards.

If any business would like to view our full media kit, please email Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

If there is a nonprofit or philanthropic neighbor in our community who would like to participate in this program, get in touch! The roles could certainly be reversed if a nonprofit or individual wanted to support a business or any other sort of combo.

The months and year ahead will certainly be difficult, I believe the best way to move forward today, tomorrow, and the next day is by coming together and working together to support each-other in any way possible.

Your neighbor,

~ Ryan Belmore

Owner, What’s Up Newp

Next Steps For Business Owners


COVID-19 Update | April 9th, 2020

Editor’s Note: Why becoming a What’s Up Newp Supporter now is more important than ever

In case you haven’t heard or read, our collapsing economy is endangering news businesses all across this country, and even right here in Rhode Island.

It’s all happening while news consumption is high, people need journalism desperately,

Some, including us, would argue that journalism and local, independent news is more important now than ever.

With that said, I wanted to take a few moments today to help our community and readers understand how we make money and why we need your support.

In general, about 75% of our revenue comes from advertising and about 25% from What’s Up Newp Supporters – readers who financially support us with a one-time or recurring contribution.

We charge advertisers for the ability to reach and engage with our audiences. Advertisers pay based on how many people their ads will reach. They want engaged users, not just a lot of eyeballs.

But local advertising is extremely dependent on the local economy, and COVID-19 has just about destroyed local businesses and the local economy. In just the first few weeks of the pandemic, we lost ad contracts resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars a month.

How bad is it? Some of these advertisers have been with us non-stop for seven or eight years. In the last six weeks, we’ve brought in just 10% of what we were expecting and budgeted for.

Perhaps the scariest thing of all is that none us know when or if the revenue will ever return.

When local businesses suffer, they often spend less on marketing and promotions. To be honest, for many it’s the first thing to go. Right now, there are less and less local businesses open, looking to advertise.

That brings us to the other one third of our income: What’s Up Newp supporters.

For us to continue to serve you during this tough economy, we will rely more than ever on your financial support. We must increase our supporter revenue in order to continue serving you the news during this tough economy and the weeks and months ahead.

If your budget allows for it, please become a What’s Up Newp Supporter today. Via the button below you can make a contribution of any amount either as a one-time or reoccurring contribution.

If you prefer.

Non-tax deductible contributions can also be made via

  • Venmo (@RyanBelmore)
  • Paypal (PayPal.Me/whatsupnewp)
  • or by mail (What’s Up Newp 270 Bellevue Avenue #184 Newport, RI 02840

Upon receiving your contribution, I will move it to our business account to ensure it gets used to support our contributors and journalism.

While we have you, let’s talk about how adveritsing and supports influences our coverage (hint: It doesn’t).

We know some of you are concerned that news outlets intentionally sensationalize the news or stoke fear, and we want to address directly any worry that that’s the case for us.

We do pay close attention to what news stories you seem to find most valuable. If a certain topic or type of story routinely gets more readership (or viewership) than others, we’re likely to spend our contributors energy doing more of that type of work.

We value your feedback, and our business model depends on our ability to provide coverage that is consistently interesting, useful and valuable. We will be in better shape financially if we offer more of what you find useful and less of what you don’t want.

One way that we gauge your interest in something is by paying attention to our online “traffic” — to which stories get clicked on and shared the most.

That’s true on regular days, and it’s definitely true during big news events, when we want to be somewhere you turn to to stay informed and make sense of what’s going on. However, it would take significant spikes in advertising (or ratings) to influence our overall revenue (spikes our collapsing economy is not likely to produce anytime soon). And for us, revenue considerations simply do not take priority over meaningful public service. 

Thank you for reading and for your continued support,

~ Ryan Belmore

Owner, What’s Up Newp & What’s Up RI


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

Since 2012, What’s Up Newp has been keeping readers in the know of what’s happening, new, and to do in and around Newport. Today, our Newport-owned-and-operated independent business needs your support as we continue to grow to cover more of the things and topics you care about.

Delivering worthwhile local news is truly a community-wide effort. It takes a dedicated crew and a loyal readership working together to make it happen. If you appreciate what we do, please consider supporting us today! 

We value local independent news, information, and journalism.  We hope you do too. Please consider becoming a What’s Up Newp Supporter today.

Your support/membership supports our locally-owned and independent online news organization , our work and crew, and says that you believe that supporting independent local online news means a better community for all of us!

Thank you for your support,

~ Ryan Belmore and the What’s Up Newp Crew

Please note – your support of What’sUpNewp is not tax-deductible.


What’s Up Newp taps crowd funding for expansion of coverage

After seven years, we have a major coverage expansion in the works. We plan to increase the number of original news articles published daily by our 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.

Written by Ryan Belmore | December 9, 2019

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