The Beacon Reader projects you can’t see

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A little over a week ago Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism published two stories about projects on Beacon Reader this week, one about small business reporting by The Lo-Down in Manhattan and another about GlobalPost crowdfunding a search for billions in aid money promised to Gaza.

Those projects are visible to you here and on The Lo-Down and GlobalPost websites but visit areas of beaconreader.com intended to share projects and writers actively seeking fund and you won’t see them.

Links to browse projects and writers seeking funds is the first thing a visitor to BeaconReader.com sees, but the crowdfunding platform for journalism no longer shares active projects in a single place, said co-founder Dan Fletcher.

“Most readers don’t discover projects that way so we are rethinking them,” Fletcher said in an email to Through the Cracks.

A single place to find active campaigns, the kind of page found on most other crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, is ineffective, he said. To learn about new projects, follow Beacon Reader on Twitter, Fletcher said.

“Most important thing is working with journalists on building strong pitches/projects and building tools to help them reach their audience. That generates the most pledges. Directory listing is a less effective means of discovery, but we’ll build a better one soon,” he said.

With the exception of campaigns accused of copyright violation, all active Kickstarter campaigns can be found on the website, said company spokesman Justin Kazmark.

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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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