Tag: kickstarter

by Julie Schwietert Collazo

On the one hand, we live in the best of times for freelance journalism, with seemingly more—and more varied—sources than ever to fund the work of independent journalists. In addition to fellowships and grants, there are ultra-democratic platforms like Beacon, Kickstarter, Patreon, and Contributoria, each promising that journalists can take greater control of funding and […] more »

by Meg Dalton

Think of it as the Kickstarter of journalism. Launched in 2013, Beacon Reader has been changing the relationship between writers and readers by allowing citizens to fund the stories they want to read. With its newest service, Bounties, Beacon Reader is taking it a step further by allowing citizens to not only fund, but also choose […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign came to a close recently after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, timing and tenacity. There are a million things you can’t control; good and bad surprises abound. And yet, over the last month the […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

I’m capping two years of studying the emergence of civic crowdfunding by submitting my master’s thesis to the MIT archives. Great thanks are due to the wonderful collaborators I’ve had the privilege of working with. I won’t name everyone here, but all of you folks will find your names in the Acknowledgments section. You can […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

The rise of civic crowdfunding — the use of crowdfunding to provide services to communities — has led to the emergence of several radical (and not-so-radical) visions of what the process of shaping the world around us could look like in the future. As some of the earliest examples of civic crowdfunding on Kickstarter show, […] more »

by Jake Batsell

Editor’s note: This is the next installment of “Brass Tacks,” an occasional series on NewsBiz focusing on pragmatic advice for selected best practices in the business of digital news. The Texas Tribune, already boosting revenue through live events and corporate sponsorships, just notched another fundraising milestone: a successful Kickstarter campaign. It took a little more […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

I was sad to note on Monday that, with 14 days to go, the New York City Opera had raised less than 10 percent of its ambitious $1 million target on Kickstarter. The “People’s Opera” has struggled in recent years. It closed its doors in 2008 for a refurbishment that coincided with the Financial Crisis, […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

Image by @mstem Like Facebook and other corporate social platforms, Kickstarter last week was pressured to refine its policies governing which speech it will and will not accept and support on its platform. The catalyst for the conversation was a DoSomething.org petition with more than 50,068 signatures (in just over a day) against Ken Hoinsky‘s […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

NEW YORK — Joe Verdirame has a background at J.P. Morgan and funding startups. Now he hopes to reshape funding for independent video journalism. Verdirame, 39, is the founder of Vourno, a new publishing platform to help crowdfund video journalism. The site launched on May 20 and is largely a blank slate. So far there […] more »