February is Publishing Month at Kickstarter so they’re teaching journalists to crowdfund

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The good folks at that little startup we all know called Kickstarter have declared February Publishing Month and to promote crowdfunding as an option to report or tell stories, the platform plans a series of training sessions at their New York City offices.

On Tuesday Feb. 3 Kickstarter will host “Kickstarter for Journalists 101: Getting Started.” The course will include Noah Rosenberg of Narratively, a longform journalism startup that used Kickstarter to raise more than $50,000 in 2012.

For those of us who don’t live in Brooklyn but still have an interest in crowdfunding, Through the Cracks reached out to Kickstarter and unfortunately the session will not be livestreamed. Video may be shared after the fact, said Justin Kazmark with Kickstarter.

Courses will also be hosted to teach news startups how to pay their writers and how to start their own podcasts. The podcast session will be hosted by PJ Vogt of Reply All (part of Gimlet Media, a startup whose story is told weekly in the podcast Startup). The panel will include Farai Chideya of One with Farai and Benjamin Walker of Radiotopia, two of the most successful podcasts to raise money on Kickstarter in 2014.

Different than Kickstarter, late last year Gimlet turned to equity crowdfunding to raise $200,000 in about two hours. Through the Cracks wrote about it.

See Also: Journalism ranks dead last on Kickstarter. Now what?

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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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