Poynter: San Francisco Chronicle is the first newspaper to attempt crowdfunding with Beacon

San Francisco Chronicle headquarters. Credit: Julian Dunn via Flickr CC.
San Francisco Chronicle headquarters. Credit: Julian Dunn via Flickr CC.

The San Francisco Chronicle has become the first newspaper to crowdfund its reporting with help from the crowdfunding journalism platform Beacon, according to Poynter. The crowdfunding campaign will seek to raise $15,000 to report for a multimedia project centered on immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area, which will make it eligible for a program announced last week by Beacon to match dollar-for-dollar money raised for immigration reporting up to $3 million.

This continues plans spelled  Beacon’s plans to focus on topics rather than individual journalists and to apply lessons learned to a new business model.

In the past year, Beacon has also worked with Huffington Post to create the Ferguson Fellowship, ProPublica, Newsweek, The Nation, Texas Tribune and other large publications as well as smaller news websites from the Institute for Nonprofit News.

This is the second case of crowdfunding by a newspaper this week in the Bay Area. An hour north, in a region hard hit by wildfire, Press Democrat and Redwood Credit Union partnered with readers, customers and the community to raise more than $500,000 for first responders and people displaced by the fire.

 

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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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