Word came down about an hour ago that National Guard troops will begin to leave Ferguson, MO Thursday. Eventually media interest will cool and cameras and reporters will start to leave too.
To keep a reporter in the St. Louis suburb city, Huffington Post and Beacon Reader announced a “first-of-its-kind partnership” Wednesday to create the Ferguson Fellowship and ask readers to keep a citizen journalist on the job.
Via crowdfunding journalism website Beacon Reader, local resident Mariah Stewart has been an active citizen journalist for about a week. With crowdfunding she will keep reporting alongside HuffPost criminal justice reporter Ryan Reilly.
Stewart has been paid to report in Ferguson through funds paid by a crowdfunding campaign started by Beacon last week.
Since the fellowship was announced Wednesday, 162 backers have raised near $7,00 toward a $40,000 goal that must be completed in 20 days.
Though the Beacon and Huffington Post deal may be the first of its kind, it’s not the first instance of a news outlet partnering with a crowdfunding campaign.
Last year Kickstarter started a partnership with The Guardian to highlight some of the news outlets favorite campaigns.