Crowdfunding training for journalists planned in 2015

Photo by Roger H. Goun.


Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer crowdfunding workshop in 2015, according to director Micheline Maynard.

The plans for a workshop were shared Thursday in a post titled “Journalists Turn to Kickstarter in a Big Way.”

In the article Maynard highlights the fact that near 150 projects of some kind have been funded by Kickstarter since a Journalism category was added to the site roughly a year ago. Click here to read the full article.

Watch this space for more details on the workshop when they become available.

Successful, six-figure journalism projects routinely take place outside Kickstarter’s Journalism category.

Outstanding podcasts in Kickstarter’s Radio and Podcast category (a sub-category of Publishing) have raised a lot of money lately, like Radiotopia, who raised more than $600,000 a few weeks ago. A month before that, Snap Judgement raised more than $200,000 for the new season of the Oakland, Calif. based podcast.

Photography, Publishing and Film and Video categories also host projects one may consider journalism or nonfiction storytelling.

And as Maynard eludes to in the article, Kickstarter isn’t the only games in town. There are dozens of crowdfunding platforms in the world.

Through the Cracks tracks several platforms in and outside the United States that journalists use to raise money for startups and projects. Some journalists even crowdfund on their personal websites with no platform to great affect.

In other words, Kickstarter’s Journalism category is the tip of the crowdfunding iceberg.

Read Through the Cracks or follow us on Twitter to learn about new, innovative projects and startups funded by the crowd. If you know of any great campaigns we should write about email, comment below or reach out to us on Twitter.

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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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