Last April 25, we bucked the conventional wisdom of the Internet industry and announced the launch of Salon Premium. Our subscription service, we believed, would show that Web readers are willing to pay for gutsy, independent journalism.
A year later, I'm proud to report that Salon Premium has been and continues to be a great success. More than 36,000 of you have stepped forward to purchase subscriptions to Salon Premium. To each and every subscriber, I extend my thanks: You've helped support Salon through a recession and an advertising downturn and, even more important, helped keep an alternative voice alive in the increasingly conformist media landscape.
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