BY POPULAR DEMAND, an alternative method for subscribing to the San Diego Sun's premium newsletter "SpeakEasy" is available for the first time.
Anyone interested in essays and insider opinion about downtown San Diego--as well as retail deals and contests--can now support independent journalism by subscribing to the newsletter through Venmo.
Some history. The San Diego Sun officially came online in August 2021. Written by an award-winning journalist and long-time downtown resident, The Sun has grown it's free subscription base to 5,600-plus readers.
Premium newsletter SpeakEasy came to life in March 2022. Initially, paid subscribers were required to have a Facebook account and use Facebook Pay.
Numerous San Diego Sun readers--many who aren't on Facebook--emailed to request another option for doing the transaction.
Now, anyone can go to Venmo, click on Business accounts and type in @San-Diego-Sun to purchase an annual subscription for $49.99.
You'll need to add your email address in the notes section when subscribing on Venmo. Those emails will be manually added to to the SpeakEasy subscription list.
Only annual subscriptions are available through Venmo.
Nothing has changed in regard to the mission and the free content posted on the San Diego Sun.
Continue to keep an eye out for two stories a week that focus on issues and events that affect downtown living. Stories such as:
"Living In The City" Q&As with 92101 residents: Lights, Camera, Action for Laura Fink.
Homelessness Issues: This "Street Vet" Cares for Pets of People Experiencing Homelessness.
And much more.
The premium content on SpeakEasy continues to evolve. Twice a month, subscribers to this premium newsletter receive:
Opinion essays about life in the city: Should a Downtown San Diego Apartment Be Allowed to Charge a 21% Rent Increase?
A snarky roundup of of attributed news stories, including short takes on: Comic-Con advertising wraps on hotels; plans for trolley service that connects to the airport; and a "Bridgerton" package offered by the Westgate Hotel.
Deals & contests: Special discounts for The Sun readers on group fitness, major festivals and secret music concerts.
Two dozen local Bulletin writers, like me, are spread around the country. The San Diego Sun is a one-person, local endeavor.
I'm a downtowner who walks and bikes the city nearly every day.
My resume includes a decade-long stint as executive editor at San Diego Magazine. I also served as the top editor at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and alt-weekly San Diego CityBeat.
My byline has appeared in the two dozen national publications and websites, including Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Maxim, Glamour, huffpost.com and popsugar.com.
Locally, I've written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, Ranch & Coast, Pacific San Diego and sandiego.com.
I once taught a magazine class at Point Loma Nazarene University, served as chief content officer for Ballotpedia.org, and still run a travel blog called Junkets & Jaunts.
My background is writing and media. With SpeakEasy, I'm stepping into the entrepreneurial side of journalism.
Thank you for your support. Please help spread the word. Your paid subscription will help me continue to inform, enlighten and entertain.
In the modern era of news, every voice matters. SDSun
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