‘Every story starts with a conversation’

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Whitney Helm is our latest contributor, and that means she’s the latest person to answer Through the Cracks’ 5 Questions.

Until recently she was a reporter for Beloit Daily News and now works in marketing at a college in Wisconsin. Helm will focus on stories about news startups and investigative journalism.

Her first story was about the SXSW Film Festival, where about one in four featured films were crowdfunded. You can follow her stories through her author page.

Want to be a Through the Cracks contributor? Get in there.

Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

Helm: I’m sure there has been a more recent time. But I remember being in a movie theater watching Kick Ass 2 and a certain line caught me off guard. I don’t remember what it was but I do remember it was hilarious.

Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?

Helm: I’m currently working on the art of writing the press releases and not receiving them by doing communications and marketing at a Wisconsin college.

Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?

Helm: Everything. I’m coming into this very green. The journalism industry changed a lot between when I was 15 and decided to be a journalist and when I graduated college at 24. I’m excited to dive into how crowdfunding will continue to change the landscape of the field.

Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally awesome person?

Helm: I’m a lover of talking and sharing. That’s what initially drew me to writing in the first place, journalism was just a way to combine what I already love. Every story starts with a conversation.

Through the Cracks: Why did you decide to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?

Helm: I want to learn more about crowdfunding and the best way to do that was to dive in and get to talking.

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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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