Feminist journalists kick ass on Kickstarter

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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 hours to go, the WIE Network in New York successfully raised $21,500 Tuesday.

WIE, short for Women: Inspiration & Enterprise, is known for their symposiums that attract famous or influential women speakers like Ariana Huffington, Tyra Banks, Melinda Gates and Queen Rania of Jordan.

The money will help bring symposium video and other content to viewers online at wienetwork.org.

Also kicking butt on Kickstarter right now is the Femsplain (as in feminist explain) campaign.

Halfway through their 30-day campaign, Femsplain has raised $17,000.


And just five days into their campaign, The Riveter, a longform magazine for women in Minneapolis, MN has raised $5,700.

Last October Through the Cracks brought you the story of a Millennial journalism magazine that published their first issue last month after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Seems they’re kicking butt too, selling out the shelves at Arnolfini in Bristol, said editor Sophie Elliott, seen here opening the first box fresh from the printer.

You can find Parallel Magazine and Parallel readers in social media at #unashamedlyfeminist.

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Credit: Luke Cass.

Recent analysis by Elena Mikhaylova, CEO at Crowdfund Productions, found that although the Journalism category does not do extraordinarily well compared to others on the world’s largest crowdfund platform, women media entrepreneurs tend to do better than men.

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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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