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We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

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Dear Readers,

iBerkshires.com is ready to grow again but we need some help from our readers.

If you like us, you can help support the work we're doing for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

What began 18 years ago as a community billboard has now become the go-to news source for the Berkshires.

How did this happen? In three words: We show up.

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires, community events, parades. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about the pivotal events that can affect their communities and their lives.

We do it because we feel it is our mission, both as journalists and community members, to make sure citizens know what's happening in their own neighborhoods.

We have done all this without instituting a paywall.

We are a locally owned and operated business that is dependent on advertising to keep our small news team going. But the advertising landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade.

So we're asking how important is local news to you? Would you consider financially supporting the work we're doing to cover your communities?

Here's what you are getting now from iBerkshires:

  • Free access daily on our site to local news and sports (no paywall!)
  • Free daily and weekly email bulletins to keep you abreast of local news
  • Free calendar postings for local events
  • Coverage of local meetings from city councils to school committees
  • Browse thousands of images of parades, ceremonies, sports, graduations and proms
  • Extensive coverage of high school sports
  • Breaking news, accidents and fires
  • Articles about new businesses, school events, local people
  • Coverage of local politics and elections
  • Free access to more than 12,000 obituaries

What your contribution will go toward: Retaining and adding staff writers, editors and programmers; purchasing equipment to enhance our ability to cover local news; expanding our coverage areas.

We will continue to strive to be your No. 1 news source for all things in Berkshire County.

You can help sustain local news coverage in a very challenging era for journalism. Numerous newspapers have cut back or closed over the past decade, including the North Adams Transcript and The Advocate, because of the changes in how we consume news. Large holding companies are buying up newspapers and wringing every last cent out of them.

That's not the way iBerkshires operates. You won't find pop-ups, or click-bait headlines about celebrities or skeevy ads that some other sites use to make money. We're all local — including our advertisers, so don't forget to support them, too.

Help keep iBerkshires going and growing. Buy us a cup of coffee.

If you have questions or for more information, contact us at info@iberkshires.com.


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