Crowdfunding journalism celebrities… is that a thing?
If it is then you can expect to see some of them this week at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy scheduled to take place Apr. 15-19.
Many of the news startups we’ve written about before –Direkt36, Krautreporter, De Correspondent – will be there. Having raised more than one million euros, Krautreporter and De Correspondent are responsible for two of the highest grossing campaigns in crowdfunding journalism history.
Check this website for a full schedule or list of more than 500 speakers. Some crowdfunding-inspired events:
- On Thursday, Gergo Saling from the crowdfunded startup Direkt36 will discuss “Covering the supermajority: a new approach to investigative journalism in Hungary.”
- Also happening Thursday, Frederik Fischer, head of audience engagement at Krautreporter will talk about lessons learned since the German crowdfunding platform for journalism launched in June 2014 following a campaign that brought in more than one million euros.
- On Friday this panel titled “New Business Models for Journalism” will include Mathew Ingram, Ernst-Jan Phauth of Dutch crowdfunded website De Correspondent and Blendle founder Alexander Klöpping.
- On Saturday, there will be a discussion of Italian crowdfunding and Nicole He, Kickstarter’s Journalism outreach coordinator, will talk about how to launch a crowdfunding project.
IJF carried out a six-figure crowdfunding campaign last year when more than €115,000 was raised to make IJF14 possible last year. An exhaustive study of the campaign found that the campaign not only brought in the money needed but had immense reach online, exposing millions of people to IJF.
See this article for a breakdown of crowdfunding journalism presentations at IJF, past and present.
IJF is a free event that was held for the first time in 2007.