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THE NORTH STAR
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MEMBERS

171 years ago Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Delany started The North Star as the leading abolitionist newspaper of the day. They spoke truth to power and unashamedly used journalism as a tool to fight for freedom. With the blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass, we are rebuilding The North Star.

 

We are inviting you to partner and build it with us.

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THE NORTH STAR

HELP US REACH
100,000
MEMBERS

171 years ago Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Delany started The North Star as the leading abolitionist newspaper of the day. They spoke truth to power and unashamedly used journalism as a tool to fight for freedom. With the blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass, we are rebuilding The North Star.

 

We are inviting you to partner and build it with us.

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Because we are building The North Star for liberation journalism, we are not accepting venture capital funding or commercial support. We will be built and sustained by you.

We are living in a deeply problematic point not just in American history, but in the history of the entire world. Even as systemic injustice and corruption spiral out of control, most of our media outlets still refuse to take a clear stand. That’s not OK. While The North Star will always aim to be a world-class platform, our goal is not just to change the news, but to change the world. 

 

Because we are funded by the people, for the people, we will only build and staff what we are able to fully fund with your contributions. With each new membership goal that we hit, it will unlock our ability to build and promote brand new products and platforms. With each goal that is unlocked we will publicly announce more information on the next goal. It is our hope to have 25,000 members by the end of 2018 and 100,000 members by the end of 2019. 

1,000 members

When we get our first 1,000 members we will announce the
FIRST PODCAST series of The North Star

2,500 members

Our second podcast series

5,000 members

Our podcast network with 4 podcasts

North Star Reward – Signed Lithograph

10,000 members

Our first online daily video news broadcast in Atlanta

15,000 members

Launch The North Star news app for iPhone

20,000 members

Launch The North Star news app for Android

North Star Reward – Hooded Sweatshirt

25,000 members

Launch our full news website

50,000 members

Launch our nightly online news broadcast in New York

75,000 members

Increase our reporting staff by 25% and add our 3rd news broadcast/interview show

100,000 members

Launch The North Star for kids

North Star Reward – T-Shirt

What is the North Star?

 

Founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847, The North Star was one of the most important liberation newspapers of its day, guiding the compass of all who read it towards the north star of liberation.

 

171 years after it was first established, with the permission and blessing of Frederick Douglass’ family, Shaun King and Benjamin Dixon are relaunching The North Star as a modern media enterprise: a comprehensive, subscription-based media company publishing untold and overlooked stories, delivered by the most skilled and passionate voices.

 

Why are you relaunching the North Star?

 

Our mission and focus remain the same and Frederick Douglas and Dr. Martin Delany: we are unapologetic freedom fighters. Without hesitation, we speak the truth from our perspective. We will amplify voices of people that are seldom heard in mainstream media and elevate the stories that are often overlooked.

 

Okay, but what *IS* the North Star?

 

The North Star is a grassroots media company meaning that we will be whatever the community helps us become. We certainly have a vision for where we want to go. Our goal is to deliver rich, nuanced, colorful stories to a broad audience through a podcasting network, nightly news broadcasts, and a news website with original journalism and commentary from some of the top thinkers of our day.

 

But we can only become what you help us become which is why we need you to become a member.

 

How do I become a member?

 

Click on one of the levels to your right and chose how much you can commit on monthly basis. Fill out the form. You can process your payment with PayPal so that your information never actually hits our website. Our website is secure, but you can confidently use PayPal without having to enter your information again. You don’t have to have PayPal account to process your payment. You can also use Stripe to pay for your membership.

 

What if I can’t afford to be a member right now?

 

Listen — we completely understand if you can’t afford to chip in right now. We still want you to be a part of this community. Join our email list and we will send you exclusive content and make sure you are a part of our family. Whenever you can in the future, come back and sign up for even more perks as a member. You can also support us by reading, watching, and listening to our content. Read our emails when we send them out. Share our links on your timeline. Participate in our community. There are so many ways you can support us.

 

Last but not least — send us leads and stories. This is a grassroots company, so we’re leaning on the community to bring to our attention what needs more attention. We will be listening to all of you regardless of whether you are a member or not.

 

Can I adjust my membership level later?

 

Yes! We are using Woocommerce to process our memberships. They have a robust “My Account Page” feature that allows you to start, adjust, pause, or even cancel your membership. Here is a link to their support article on how to do all of this: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/subscriptions/customers-view/

 

Even though there are no refunds, you can cancel your membership at any time. We’d hate to see you go, but we wanted to make sure that you had complete control over that decision and you don’t have to come to us to stop your payment and cancel your membership.

 

Why use a membership model? Why not just get investors?

 

We actually started out seeking venture capital, but we quickly discovered that many investors wanted a significant say in our editorial decisions. We want to answer to you — our community. We feel that the membership model allows us to focus on the quality of the content and not the “bottom line” of profit. We also believe that a membership model requires that we address the issues head-on versus “beating around the bush” so we don’t upset investors. With the membership model, we answer to you and if we do our jobs well enough, you reward us with continued membership.

 

When are you launching your content?

 

Our milestones are below. Once we hit 1000 members we will be launching our first podcast. 2500 members – our second podcast — so on and so forth.

 

From the amazing response we got during our “Launch Team” phase, our first podcast will possibly need to be announced before the end of business on the first day of our membership drive.

 

I have a lot of other questions not addressed in here. How do I get answers?

 

Please feel free to email us anytime: team@184.72.199.47/NORTH

Put in the subject line: Questions

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Student Membership

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Basic North Star Membership

From: $10.00 / month

You’re a founding member of The North Star family and will have full access to all of our primary news products – which are for members only! Every dollar counts. To show our appreciation, every person who joins on this tier will also be added to our founding membership wall on our website and app.

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All Access Membership

From: $20.00 / month

In addition to all of the benefits of a basic North Star membership, you will also receive full access to every online platform and product we create including special documentaries, exclusive interviews, and more.

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Start to Finish Membership

From: $35.00 / month

You’re with us all the way through this project. In addition to all of the above perks, you will also receive behind scenes online access to the construction of our studios and many of our planning sessions. You will also receive membership to our private Facebook group & private Instagram page created just for you and frequented by our founders and staff.

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North Star Signature Membership w/ Limited Edition T-Shirt

From: $50.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks as a founding member, you will also receive a limited edition North Star t-shirt and access to our private conference calls for signature members.

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North Star Crew Membership

From: $75.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks as a founding member, including our limited edition t-shirt, we will list you or a loved one in the “crew credits” on all of our platforms and programs. You will also receive exclusive 15% discounts from The North Star online store.

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Live Events Pass

From: $100.00 / month

At this level, as a founding member with the live events pass you get all of the above perks, including our limited edition t-shirt, crew credits, our store discount, access to our private social media accounts, private conference calls, PLUS free access to ALL North Star events throughout the year – including our annual conference, regional leadership conferences, and more. You will also have exclusive escalated access to our customer service team.

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Live Events Pass + Limited Edition Signed Lithograph

From: $150.00 / month

All of the above perks plus a signed limited edition North Star lithograph.

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The North Star Box with hoodie and book of the month

From: $250.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks, including membership to all our exclusive programming, our live events, and our limited edition t-shirt, you will also receive The North Star Box every single month. Our first box will include our limited edition hoodie, our first Book of the Month, and much more. Every box will always include our Book of the Month, exclusive clothing items in your pre-selected sizes, and other well-curated swag – including signed items, art, and so much more.

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Online Hangout Membership

From: $500.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks, including membership, access to our live events, our limited edition t-shirt, and the monthly North Star Box, you will get to have private monthly online hangouts with our founders and staff in an unfiltered, uncensored and unscripted virtual hangout. Ask them anything about The North Star, the building process, issues going on in the world, or whatever else you want to discuss.

This will be a small group so that Shaun, Ben, and the staff get a chance to speak with each of you directly and talk about whatever topics you want to discuss.

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Donor Wall Members

From: $750.00 / month

Wow! You are amazing! In addition to all of our above perks, your monthly contribution gets your name or the name of a loved one permanently engraved in The North Star Donor Wall inside of our studio. Your name will be read out loud during our grand opening.

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Dedication: Studio Cameras

From: $1,000.00 / month

This makes you a permanent part of our production team. We will name one of our cameras after you or after anyone you choose. When we refer to the camera, it will no longer be “Camera One” but Camera “T’Challa,” for example. Any nickname, of course, has to be approved by The North Star.

Includes all of the above perks.

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Dedication: Set Chairs

From: $1,000.00 / month

Name the Throne! This makes you a part of our daily production. Name one of the seats that our team members will be seated in.

Includes all of the above perks.

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Trip to Grand Opening

From: $2,500.00 / month

Trip to opening day! Come to the studios and hangout with the entire team including Shaun and Ben. Fly out to NYC or ATL for our grand opening. Includes flight, hotel and transportation.

Includes all of the above perks.

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Dedication: Production Room, Control Room, Conference Room

From: $5,000.00 / month

You get to name the rooms we use the most! Whenever we have a meeting, it can be in the “M’Baku” conference room (or whatever name you choose). While our producers work, they can be working in the Johnson Family Production Room.

Includes all of the above perks (except for other naming opportunities)

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$10,000

From: $10,000.00 / month

You get the honor of naming 1 of our 2 studios (NYC or ATL). The entire facility will be named in your honor. Your name will be on the marquee. For example,

“The North Star at Mary McLeod Bethune Studios”

Includes all of the above perks (except for other naming opportunities)

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Become a North Star Member
Sign Up for a Yearly Membership and get
1 MONTH FREE!

Student Membership

From: $5.00 / month

Requires student email to sign up.

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Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Basic North Star Membership

From: $10.00 / month

You’re a founding member of The North Star family and will have full access to all of our primary news products – which are for members only! Every dollar counts. To show our appreciation, every person who joins on this tier will also be added to our founding membership wall on our website and app.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

All Access Membership

From: $20.00 / month

In addition to all of the benefits of a basic North Star membership, you will also receive full access to every online platform and product we create including special documentaries, exclusive interviews, and more.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Start to Finish Membership

From: $35.00 / month

You’re with us all the way through this project. In addition to all of the above perks, you will also receive behind scenes online access to the construction of our studios and many of our planning sessions. You will also receive membership to our private Facebook group & private Instagram page created just for you and frequented by our founders and staff.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

North Star Signature Membership w/ Limited Edition T-Shirt

From: $50.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks as a founding member, you will also receive a limited edition North Star t-shirt and access to our private conference calls for signature members.

Clear

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Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

North Star Crew Membership

From: $75.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks as a founding member, including our limited edition t-shirt, we will list you or a loved one in the “crew credits” on all of our platforms and programs. You will also receive exclusive 15% discounts from The North Star online store.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Live Events Pass

From: $100.00 / month

At this level, as a founding member with the live events pass you get all of the above perks, including our limited edition t-shirt, crew credits, our store discount, access to our private social media accounts, private conference calls, PLUS free access to ALL North Star events throughout the year – including our annual conference, regional leadership conferences, and more. You will also have exclusive escalated access to our customer service team.

Clear

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Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Live Events Pass + Limited Edition Signed Lithograph

From: $150.00 / month

All of the above perks plus a signed limited edition North Star lithograph.

Clear

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Monthly, Yearly

The North Star Box with hoodie and book of the month

From: $250.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks, including membership to all our exclusive programming, our live events, and our limited edition t-shirt, you will also receive The North Star Box every single month. Our first box will include our limited edition hoodie, our first Book of the Month, and much more. Every box will always include our Book of the Month, exclusive clothing items in your pre-selected sizes, and other well-curated swag – including signed items, art, and so much more.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Online Hangout Membership

From: $500.00 / month

In addition to all of the above perks, including membership, access to our live events, our limited edition t-shirt, and the monthly North Star Box, you will get to have private monthly online hangouts with our founders and staff in an unfiltered, uncensored and unscripted virtual hangout. Ask them anything about The North Star, the building process, issues going on in the world, or whatever else you want to discuss.

This will be a small group so that Shaun, Ben, and the staff get a chance to speak with each of you directly and talk about whatever topics you want to discuss.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Donor Wall Members

From: $750.00 / month

Wow! You are amazing! In addition to all of our above perks, your monthly contribution gets your name or the name of a loved one permanently engraved in The North Star Donor Wall inside of our studio. Your name will be read out loud during our grand opening.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Dedication: Studio Cameras

From: $1,000.00 / month

This makes you a permanent part of our production team. We will name one of our cameras after you or after anyone you choose. When we refer to the camera, it will no longer be “Camera One” but Camera “T’Challa,” for example. Any nickname, of course, has to be approved by The North Star.

Includes all of the above perks.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Dedication: Set Chairs

From: $1,000.00 / month

Name the Throne! This makes you a part of our daily production. Name one of the seats that our team members will be seated in.

Includes all of the above perks.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Trip to Grand Opening

From: $2,500.00 / month

Trip to opening day! Come to the studios and hangout with the entire team including Shaun and Ben. Fly out to NYC or ATL for our grand opening. Includes flight, hotel and transportation.

Includes all of the above perks.

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Dedication: Production Room, Control Room, Conference Room

From: $5,000.00 / month

You get to name the rooms we use the most! Whenever we have a meeting, it can be in the “M’Baku” conference room (or whatever name you choose). While our producers work, they can be working in the Johnson Family Production Room.

Includes all of the above perks (except for other naming opportunities)

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

$10,000

From: $10,000.00 / month

You get the honor of naming 1 of our 2 studios (NYC or ATL). The entire facility will be named in your honor. Your name will be on the marquee. For example,

“The North Star at Mary McLeod Bethune Studios”

Includes all of the above perks (except for other naming opportunities)

Clear

SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Choose Duration

Monthly, Yearly

Because we are building The North Star for liberation journalism, we are not accepting venture capital funding or commercial support. We will be built and sustained by you.

We are living in a deeply problematic point not just in American history, but in the history of the entire world. Even as systemic injustice and corruption spiral out of control, most of our media outlets still refuse to take a clear stand. That’s not OK. While The North Star will always aim to be a world-class platform, our goal is not just to change the news, but to change the world. 

 

Because we are funded by the people, for the people, we will only build and staff what we are able to fully fund with your contributions. With each new membership goal that we hit, it will unlock our ability to build and promote brand new products and platforms. With each goal that is unlocked we will publicly announce more information on the next goal. It is our hope to have 25,000 members by the end of 2018 and 100,000 members by the end of 2019. 

1,000 members

When we get our first 1,000 members we will announce the FIRST PODCAST series of The North Star

2,500 members

Our second podcast series

5,000 members

Our podcast network with 4 podcasts

North Star Reward – Signed Lithograph

10,000 members

Our first online daily video news broadcast in Atlanta

15,000 members

Launch The North Star news app for iPhone

20,000 members

Launch The North Star news app for Android

North Star Reward – Hooded Sweatshirt

25,000 members

Launch our full news website

50,000 members

Launch our nightly online news broadcast in New York

75,000 members

Increase our reporting staff by 25% and add our 3rd news broadcast/interview show

100,000 members

Launch The North Star for kids

North Star Reward – T-Shirt

What is the North Star?

 

Founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847, The North Star was one of the most important liberation newspapers of its day, guiding the compass of all who read it towards the north star of liberation.

 

171 years after it was first established, with the permission and blessing of Frederick Douglass’ family, Shaun King and Benjamin Dixon are relaunching The North Star as a modern media enterprise: a comprehensive, subscription-based media company publishing untold and overlooked stories, delivered by the most skilled and passionate voices.

 

Why are you relaunching the North Star?

 

Our mission and focus remain the same and Frederick Douglas and Dr. Martin Delany: we are unapologetic freedom fighters. Without hesitation, we speak the truth from our perspective. We will amplify voices of people that are seldom heard in mainstream media and elevate the stories that are often overlooked.

 

Okay, but what *IS* the North Star?

 

The North Star is a grassroots media company meaning that we will be whatever the community helps us become. We certainly have a vision for where we want to go. Our goal is to deliver rich, nuanced, colorful stories to a broad audience through a podcasting network, nightly news broadcasts, and a news website with original journalism and commentary from some of the top thinkers of our day.

 

But we can only become what you help us become which is why we need you to become a member.

 

How do I become a member?

 

Click on one of the levels to your right and chose how much you can commit on monthly basis. Fill out the form. You can process your payment with PayPal so that your information never actually hits our website. Our website is secure, but you can confidently use PayPal without having to enter your information again. You don’t have to have PayPal account to process your payment. You can also use Stripe to pay for your membership.

 

What if I can’t afford to be a member right now?

 

Listen — we completely understand if you can’t afford to chip in right now. We still want you to be a part of this community. Join our email list and we will send you exclusive content and make sure you are a part of our family. Whenever you can in the future, come back and sign up for even more perks as a member. You can also support us by reading, watching, and listening to our content. Read our emails when we send them out. Share our links on your timeline. Participate in our community. There are so many ways you can support us.

 

Last but not least — send us leads and stories. This is a grassroots company, so we’re leaning on the community to bring to our attention what needs more attention. We will be listening to all of you regardless of whether you are a member or not.

 

Can I adjust my membership level later?

 

Yes! We are using Woocommerce to process our memberships. They have a robust “My Account Page” feature that allows you to start, adjust, pause, or even cancel your membership. Here is a link to their support article on how to do all of this: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/subscriptions/customers-view/

 

Even though there are no refunds, you can cancel your membership at any time. We’d hate to see you go, but we wanted to make sure that you had complete control over that decision and you don’t have to come to us to stop your payment and cancel your membership.

 

Why use a membership model? Why not just get investors?

 

We actually started out seeking venture capital, but we quickly discovered that many investors wanted a significant say in our editorial decisions. We want to answer to you — our community. We feel that the membership model allows us to focus on the quality of the content and not the “bottom line” of profit. We also believe that a membership model requires that we address the issues head-on versus “beating around the bush” so we don’t upset investors. With the membership model, we answer to you and if we do our jobs well enough, you reward us with continued membership.

 

When are you launching your content?

 

Our milestones are below. Once we hit 1000 members we will be launching our first podcast. 2500 members – our second podcast — so on and so forth.

 

From the amazing response we got during our “Launch Team” phase, our first podcast will possibly need to be announced before the end of business on the first day of our membership drive.

 

I have a lot of other questions not addressed in here. How do I get answers?

 

Please feel free to email us anytime: team@184.72.199.47/NORTH

Put in the subject line: Questions