Reporter’s notebooks might make good startup seeds

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A lot of things led to the creation of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism.

One of those reasons: reporter’s notebooks. Look into the notebooks of any reporter on a beat worth their salt and they will have amazing, stranger than fiction stories. There will definitely be some investigative series or projects in there, and maybe even stories and ideas good enough to write a book, launch a news startup or create a film a documentary.

Think Argo.

In my case, it wasn’t just the stories that were published that inspired action, it’s the ones that weren’t published because the startups I worked for dissolved overnight.

You set those stories aside and keep working but the ones that got away, they haunt you. They are not forgotten. Maybe crowdfunding is a way to allow those kinds of stories to continue. I mean maybe everyone shouldn’t be an entrepreneur but everyone should be able to find ways for crowdfunding to be a useful tool.

That’s part of what I shared in an interview with All Digitocracy Contributing Editor Bénet Wilson.

Go to All Digitocracy to read the complete interview.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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