Unlike most media organizations, the Dominion News Cooperative exists to serve the reader, writer and editor, rather than the shareholder and advertiser.
The Dominion News Cooperative is a solidarity cooperative (some use the term "multi-stakeholder cooperative"). In a solidarity coop, different types of members (readers, journalists and editors) share different interests in the coop.
The Dominion's direction is guided by those affected most by its coverage – the readers who rely on accurate, in-depth and timely stories which inform their views and actions, and the independent journalists, whose efforts to push the envelope and ask tough questions rarely find an audience through a mainstream media that is comfortable with -- indeed dependent upon -- maintaining the status quo.
As a reader member of the Cooperative, you will be part of a wider movement to make media more accountable to its readers and the stories it tackles. You will contribute to the publication of stories that would not otherwise be read, and you will make it possible for those stories to be received by a large audience.
As a journalist member, you will have the opportunity to be paid fairly for your work, and to be supported by readers and other journalists in delivering the most accurate and complete coverage possible. When you work on a story, you will have the resources of a news organization backing your work.
For reader members, there are some perks:
Supporter Members receive a 10 per cent discount on all Dominion events and products (subscriptions, t-shirts etc). Coop members also have the opportunity to vote in the Coop’s Annual General Meeting and run for, and elect, the board of directors.
Subscriber Members receive all supporter member benefits, as well as a subscription to the Dominion Newspaper, delivered online to your inbox or in print to your doorstep (your choice).
Sustainer members receive all member benefits mentioned above, as well as a free subscription to the Dominion Newspaper, and the opportunity to receive up to five extra print issues monthly, to give away to interested friends, family members, or local organizations.