The New Japers' Rink
Hi, gang - your friendly Japers' Rink crew here, led by Jon "J.P." Press and Becca Henschel.
On Friday, January 20, we were informed that our site would no longer be "managed and monetized" by our parent company Vox Media. This means that our contributors will no longer be paid going forward. Paid contributors will receive their last monthly stipend for March 2023 - after that, we are on our own.
We will be taking a brief pause to make sure we do the right thing for the site and for the community we have cultivated over almost two decades of coverage, but our goal will be to find a new home (and perhaps a new name and look) for both. Funds raised here will help facilitate this move, and will also help ensure that we can provide some sort of return for the members of our team who put in so much work every day on the Rink.
Once we have moved, we will figure out the future in terms of financial support, whether that means moving to some sort of subscription format or seeking out other funding. But every dollar we raise here will be used to ensure that we can continue to bring you coverage in the future, and move us toward our goal of keeping Japers' Rink alive going forward.
It will take time, but we are happy to have a passionate support system of readers and commenters who are active participants in our community and we want to make sure that we have a new place for them to come to.
(Note: If for some reason we decide not to move forward, all funds will be returned to our generous contributors.)
Thank you so much for reading, spreading the word, and giving what you can if you can!
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