Tag: kickstarter

by Ben DeJarnette

Crowdfunded journalism continued its growth trend in 2015, but it remains a small slice of the bigger picture, according to a report released last week by the Pew Research Center. The report detailed the growth of journalism-specific Kickstarter campaigns since the crowdfunding site launched in April 2009. During that period, the number of funded journalism projects grew from 64 […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Atlantic Media in Talks to Sell Quartz (James Fontanella-Khan & Shannon Pareil / Financial Times) 2. Kickstarter Hires Reporter to Probe Startup that Collapsed after Raising $3.4M (Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica) 3. NFL Media Czar Suggests Thursday Night Football Won’t Move Online (Eric Johnson / Re/code) 4. Beloved Parenting Podcast ‘Longest Shortest Time’ […] more »

by Yael Grauer

Award-winning investigative journalist, author and anthropologist Scott Carney thinks that writers are getting paid too little. Way too little. His solution? To make publications compete against one another — and after raising $9,307 from 246 backers (full disclosure: I was one of them) through Kickstarter in May, he’s now launched a two-tiered project to do just that. […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Obama turns to crowdfunding to aid fleeing Syrians (Michael Shear / New York Times) 2. MacArthur spins off digital media & learning work with $25 million seed investment (via MacArthur Foundation) 3. The tech that got Obama elected will now fire ads at you (Issie Lapowsky / Wired) 4. New ‘Nameless Coalition’ challenges Facebook’s […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. NYT makes 50 of its best pieces of journalism free to read online (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 2. Streaming titans Amazon and Netflix win big at 2015 Emmys (Rae Votta / Daily Dot) 3. Web companies are fighting in court for the FCC’s net neutrality rules (Brian Fung / Washington Post) 4. Apple’s new […] more »

by Dillon Baker

“Brooklyn is like a goldmine. We can find so many people. Writers are actually very affordable in New York, which is very nice.” That’s Sean Beckner, CEO of media company Viral Nova, in a New York Magazine piece about his wildly successful (and recently purchased) content farm. He’s responding to a question about how Viral Nova finds […] more »

by Jillian Richardson

A 2014 study conducted by Vida, a research-driven organization that helps bring attention to women’s literature, found that female writers were shockingly underrepresented in general interest magazines. Last year, only 30 percent of articles in the New Yorker were written by women. The New Republic was even worse at 27 percent. And believe it or not, […] more »

by Holly Wise

So maybe you want to start your own media company. I liken it to taking the leap and raising a kid — terrifying, exhilarating, exhausting. Since its inception, my startup, VoiceBox Media — a news non-profit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of social issues and the people solving them — has stood in the intersection of transformational […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we look at three crowdfunding platforms to help you decide which to use; then we see how an app called Shuffle gives users stories the people around them are reading. PART 1: Picking a crowdfunding platform Several online tools have made it easy to ask for money to support any endeavor. We evaluate […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 2. A digital long-form experiment in Slovakia (Aleszu Bajak / Storybench) 3. Women need to be as tenacious with raises and promotions as they are with their reporting […] more »