The Sprawl wins award, rolls out new crowdfunding system
Now in Canadian currency.
NEW: Now you can support The Sprawl in Canadian currency on our new crowdfunding platform! We'd love to have you on board as a member. Sign up today!
We've got news.
The Sprawl—a scrappy, member-driven Calgary journalism startup that launched in 2017—just landed a big win on the national stage.
At the Digital Publishing Awards in Toronto on May 29, The Sprawl won a gold award for general excellence in digital publishing. This award is given out in three divisions: small publication, medium and large.
The Sprawl took gold in the small category, standing alongside national media heavyweights Maclean's (medium) and CBC News (large).
We can do all of this thanks to our 750+ members—the Calgarians who kick in a few bucks every month to make it all happen! Your continued support means so much.
To celebrate, we're rolling out our new payment system that allows you to support The Sprawl in Canadian dollars. This is something that many of our readers and listeners have been asking for—and we're glad to deliver on it.
Our Patreon account won't change; if you're an existing member who supports us on Patreon in USD, you can keep doing that if you prefer. But we recommend switching over, as the new system charges us less in fees. (Here's a handy guide to making the switch.)
Thanks so much for all the support. Let's keep building this thing together!
—Jeremy Klaszus, founder/editor
The Sprawl is crowdfunded, ad-free and made in Calgary. Become a Sprawl member today to support thoughtful, independent Calgary journalism!
Woo hoo! That's my @sprawlcalgary One of the things that makes it gold, is that it's promoted a sense of community among its supporters. If someone "likes" a @sprawlcalgary tweet or podcast or whatever, it makes me likely to like them! Gold! https://t.co/PX5HP9XI6E— Sara Peden (@SaraJPeden) May 30, 2019
Maybe I'm making this about me, but I feel really good about this, being a patron of @sprawlcalgary. It matters to me in a way that it wouldn't with a traditional media subscription. I'm proud to be a @sprawlcalgary supporter and I'm glad for Jeremy's (and all of our!) win. https://t.co/52DMrLj30Z— John Smiley (@JohnSmiley) May 30, 2019