Video: Crowdfunding journalism beyond money

I went to the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) recently and it was everything a news nerd like me could hope for.

In 15-20 minute intervals, news startup founders, intrapreneurs, executive leadership from major media outlets, and innovators of all kinds shared ideas and answered questions as part of the Collaborative Culture Symposium at RJI.

In an event this small, I was able to have long conversations about smart cities with a public radio reporter from Kansas City and community collaboration with a senior management of engagement at Reveal and a British hyperlocal broadcaster.

You can see video talks and presentations from the two-day event, including the one I gave about the benefits of crowdfunding beyond money, on the RJI website.

If you hear an occasional question in the videos that’s RJI director Randy Picht, host and University of Missouri assistant professor Jim Flink, or the audience.

In my presentation I talked about what motivated me to create Through the Cracks and the benefits of crowdfunding beyond money, like news startups created with a promise of no advertisingcrowdsourced collective FOIA requests by news organizations and everybody else, and this startup who used crowdfunding to attract its initial user base.

Relay Media founder David Gehring talked about the Digital News Initiative and his role in the creation of Google’s AMP platform. His news startup wants to help news websites put their content on AMP.

I was impressed by the fact that Poynter has a #blessed slack channel, and to hear about the first class of projects from the intrapreneur accelerator program inside Gannett.

There was Google News Lab, always good to know what they’re doing, and a funny, compelling talk about content strategy with Brain Traffic CEO Kristina Halvorson.

Founders of news startups Newsy and VR journalism startup StoryUp gave presentations, and Victor Hernandez, director of media innovation at Banjo, gave a good round-up of 50 things learned at the symposium.

Very little of what I’ve said here gives justice to the amount of mind-blowing ideas and innovation to explore from the symposium. Take a look at those presentations and videos on the RJI website.

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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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