Crowd funding Archive

  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. The new longform website Narratively has attracted interest ‘beyond our wildest dreams’, according to founder Noah Rosenberg. Even before its launch earlier this month, coverage of the New York-based magazine has been wide, while expressions of support have come via social media from around the world. Such enthusiasm, thinks Rosenberg, is […]

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  • Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Case study by Tim Dawson “The books industry has been very poor at getting money off people who love its products”, says John Mitchinson, the founder of crowd-funded publisher Unbound.  He promises to revolutionise both the financing of book production and the relationship between authors and readers; and over the past year has raised enough money […]

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  • Self-help meets journalism: the Next Generation Journalist reviewed

    Self-help meets journalism: the Next Generation Journalist reviewed

    It had to happen. Someone was always going to write a self-help book for journalists in these difficult, interesting times. Adam Westbrook’s e-book ‘Next Generation Journalist: Ten ways to make money in journalism in 2010′, starts out with some big claims: ‘This is a unique book,’ Westbrook writes. ‘It collides disciplines and ideas that have […]

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  • Spot.us expands

    Spot.us expands

    The crowd funded news service, on which we reported here, has expanded to Seattle.

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  • Granville Williams – the future of the media

    Granville Williams – the future of the media

    To sustain journalism for the rest of the 21st century, governments must fund journalism, as they have funded the car industry or banks Media companies are returning to profit – but this will not lead to a return of well-resourced journalism Paywalls are unproven and online advertising does not supply the resources to fund good […]

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  • Gavin MacFadyen

    Gavin MacFadyen

    Foundations have become the key to funding investigative journalism in the USA Similar initiatives are now underway in the UK USA tax and libel laws made foundation-funded journalism a powerful force in that country, but conditions in the UK are not as favourable University-based journalism projects have also created some important new models for investigative […]

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  • Ian Reeves

    Ian Reeves

    There are an increasing number of examples in the United States of media outlets being funded by community donations National Public Radio raises 30% of its revenue from ‘pledge drives’ News sites in New York, Chicago and Minnesota have also had some success with this model A handful of individuals have also sought reader-funding for […]

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