Quotes to restore your hope in journalism

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If you’ve been in a newsroom or around journalists anytime in the last decade or so then you’ve heard the gloom, the general malaise laid thick on this business.

It is warranted, but sometimes it’s a little too much with Debbie Downers and harsh statistics that may lead you to believe we’re on a death march, not a rebirth, evolution or transition.

Through the Cracks tracks successful, innovative or compelling examples of crowdfunding carried out by reporters, photographers, filmmakers, storytellers et al., and in that work we cross paths with a fairly high amount of optimistic people.

So here’s a few quotes that may improve your outlook.

No promises, but you should be able to find something uplifting in each of these stories.

Do you need more of this in your life? Follow @crowdjournalism on Twitter. We share insightful links and quotes about crowdfunding and the future of journalism, some uplifting, some just plain thoughtful, all the time.

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Charlie is a Belgian news startup that despises unrealistic body standards and likes to tell stories about real women. A “100% bullshit free” style helped them raise €30,000 in seed money with help from the crowd.

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Nikki Usher and Lian Jian’s 2014 study of crowdfunding journalism data is eye-opening to say the least.

Two standout things to remember: A survey of donors and why they give to crowdfunded journalism and the stories by topic that receive the most funding.

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While speaking at the International Journalism Festival, Mathew Ingram said the key to making money, more than any other factor, is community. Your business model or plan pale in comparison to the need to bring people together. Do that and readers will “volunteer to give you money.” Read the full quote and more thoughts from Ingram here.

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A group of college students from the University of Tampere in Finland raised money to run a “Humans of New York” inspired photo project and popup publication called Uusi Inari for two monthsThey had a lot of helpful tips to share and honest answers about what helped them succeed worth checking out.

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Ernst-Jan Pfauth was part of the only crowdfunding campaign in journalism to raise one million euros in a week to create De Correspondent. The key: Build a movement. See this story to learn what the most successful campaigns in history have in common and their tips for success.

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Byline is a crowdfunding platform with roots in London and South Korea that launched a few months back because they believe now is the time to invest in crowdfunded journalism. They have stayed very busy since their launch. Here’s some of their latest work.

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Armenian-American photographer Ara Madzounian says being himself was important to the success of his campaign to publish a photo book with stories and pictures of Little Armenia in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Asheville Blade is telling all its supporters to pay via the subscription-based site Patreon in order for them to build their Millennial-led news startup piece by piece.

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Frederik Fischer gave a one-hour presentation at the International Journalism Festival chock full of great advice, including this one.

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This is some powerful knowledge. Krautreporter founders didn’t believe it was possible to have a one million euro campaign until it happened and there’s a whole lot that could be proven possible in the future as crowdfunding grows in adoption and acceptance.

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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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