How crowdfunding is revolutionizing journalism – and the world

Two weeks ago we wrote a story about Positive News’ offer to #OwntheMedia.8661000014_715a3135e5_o-385x250

Readers and investors were invited to buy shares in the London-based outfit that writes about extraordinary, uplifting events around the world and boy did they respond, raising £100,000 in about a week’s time.

They’re now on the tail end of that campaign and closing in on a £200,000 goal and asked me to share my thoughts on the impact of crowdfunding on media at large. It was a chance to reflect on recent developments as well as what Through the Cracks has learned since we launched roughly one year ago.

Here’s how it begins:

Crowdfunding is beginning to feel a lot like social media did a decade ago.

It’s been around for a couple of years and still isn’t taken seriously by some people, but it’s forecast to explode and have a massive impact on life as we know it. Like social media, pretty soon it may become so common that it’s a normal part of a lot of people’s jobs and lives.

That could certainly be the case for a lot of journalists.

To read the full story visit PositiveNews.org.uk.

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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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