Crowdfunding Journalism Success Tips

Here’s what we’ve gathered so far to help reporters and storytellers interested in crowdfunding a project, news startup or documentary. This is by NO means the only info or resources we want to share. This is just a start.

Know something else we should share? Email your story idea or news tip to news [at] throughcracks.com.

Advice, tips and strategies for success

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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,...

De Correspondent, Krautreporter y El Español. En el pasado, los hemos llamado El Gran 3 (The Big 3) Mantienen la particularidad de ser, hasta donde podemos...

De Correspondent, Krautreporter and El Español. In the past, we've called them The Big 3. They hold the distinction of being, as far as we can discern,...

Retrocediendo hace unos años, la prestigiosa Beca de Periodismo John S. Knight de la Universidad de Standford culminó con Platicas Knight, presentaciones en escenario...

Three former Vice employees have come together to create a home online for independent artists in big cities, starting with New York. NYC.TV (at watchnyc.tv) plans...

In a matter of two days, London-based Positive News has raised more than £65,000 by asking people to own a piece of a global...

En una entrevista reciente me preguntaron sobre que tendencias han observado los reporteros de Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism desde el lanzamiento del...

In a recent interview I was asked about trends Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism reporters have spotted since the site launched. The first...

With just sheep and dogs to keep him company, sheepherder Eraldo Pacheco moved from the lush Chilean countryside to the harsh, unfamiliar, lonely deserts...

To bring to life dozens of stories about mass incarceration in America, NBC News Investigative Unit's Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville have raised...

These are news startups whose work may impact voters and politicians who choose the destiny of a nation. Every one of these news startups have carried out a crowdfunding campaign...
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Reynolds Journalism Institute's Futures Lab takes a look at the basics of Patreon, Kickstarter and Indiegogo in this video to compare and contrast crowdfunding platforms. Their recommendation:...

Remember that lemonade? The show "To Catch a Predator," hosted by Chris Hansen, got so well-known in the 2000s that some guests knew when a...

A simple Wordpress blog named #NoHaceFaltaPapel didn't exist a year ago. Well now it's a publishing company whose...

Un simple blog de WordPress llamado #NoHaceFaltaPapel no existía hace un año. Pues ahora es una compañía editora el cual El Español es responsable...

Voice of San Diego's Bigger Voice Fund is either the biggest crowdfunding campaign in journalism that you’ve never heard of or something else entirely.
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Far north, where the borders of Norway, Finland and Russia begin to converge, is where a group of college journalists decided to build something...

Editor's Note: If you haven't heard about recent changes at INN, I encourage you to read this Apr. 9 Nieman Lab story about the departure...

Can you get behind phrases like "100% Bull shit free," "Smart is the new sexy" and "Photoshop? No thanks, I'm fine."? Then you'd probably...

Earlier this week I took part in #wjchat, a Twitter chat for online journalists to meet, discuss solutions and explore the state of affairs in our...

'Journopreneur' Danielle Batist has had 22 stories successfully funded in nine months. Here's how.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced plans to run for president of the United States Monday. A day ahead of the announcement, The Texas Tribune...

Social documentary photographer Ken Light’s latest project is a retrospective and personal one, looking back at his first photos during "the Vietnam era, the...

Online longform magazines The Riveter and Scalawag Magazine hit their funding goals this week by promising to tell the stories they know – women writing about women, and Southerners...

The American government lies. The Russian government lies. Whichever statement you believe more, wherever you fall on that spectrum, three crowdfunding campaigns by Russian media ventures...

Russia Insider has a crying Statue of Liberty on its home page. She's weeping into her palms as black clouds or smoke billow in the background. There's also...

Hidden Colors, a series of documentaries about the experiences of African Americans and people of color, is on track to become one of the...

Beacon Reader simultaneously launched crowdfunding campaigns for seven news startups earlier this week. All members of the Investigative News Network (INN), the campaigns appear together...

Public Insight Network recently announced the official end of Spot.us. But before the pioneer crowdfunding journalism website goes wherever it is crowdfunding platforms go to die,...

Controversy in college sports isn’t unusual but usually fighting on the field makes the news. At University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill it’s the...

Next month London-based photographer Rhiannon Adam will sail to an island 3,000 kilometers west of Chile for a three month tour. Like the Polaroid...

Glad to see Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) include Through the Cracks in a roundup of resources for crowdfunding journalism published Tuesday. The article starts with a...

Some of the most successful projects in the Journalism category right now are devoted to telling stories from a women’s perspective. With less than 24...

Even if you didn’t read Felix Salmon’s downer article or JSK Fellow Mariana Santos’ optimistic rebuttal this week, even if you didn’t dive into #Adviceforyoungjournalists trending nationwide Wednesday, it...

By Joellen Easton A year ago, American Public Media decided to place the crowdfunding site Spot.us on hiatus and conduct an assessment of the platform...

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Dana Scruggs is in the midst of preparing the first issue of Scruggs Magazine. Scruggs makes dynamic, elegant photographs that focus...

Despite a fast start with press from Venture Beat and Columbia Journalism Review, and raising more than $12,000 on Kickstarter, Latterly Magazine could go out of business,...

Speaking to a group of journalists and journalism students at Mercer University, Groundsource founder and entrepreneur-in-residence at the school’s Center for Collaborative Journalism Andrew...

Giants of the media innovation world recently came together at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism to discuss media innovation and the future of...

The Texas Tribune will report a story on why, after billions of dollars and decades of trying, some residents of borderland Texas cannot still...

In the lengthy saga that is #Gamergate, at least one chapter belongs to crowdfunding. Some of the voices in #Gamergate claimed journalists practiced poor...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh1oFECK8Do&list=PLY0Rh45XhTgMHIT4KLHit01bgKo5AbL1z You’ve heard people in media describe something as “The Super Bowl of…” fill in the blank. Usually it’s exaggeration. Well a day before the...

Since it was founded five years ago the London-area Brixton Blog and Bugle has transformed from a blog to a news website and most...

  Bueno, ese podría ser un buen encabezado maldecido, pero es muy importante observar como es la tarifa de la categoría de periodismo dentro de...

Direkt36, an investigative journalism outfit from Hungary, have captured more than half of their 20,000€ goal in the first 24 hours of their campaign. See...