Tag: crowdfunding

by Rodrigo Davies

As the field of civic crowdfunding emerges and grows, it is spawning many competing visions of what the field is and where its appeal comes from. Lately I’ve been thinking about questions such as: How much is crowdfunding about community and shared values? How much is it about physical places? How much is it about […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

I was sad to note on Monday that, with 14 days to go, the New York City Opera had raised less than 10 percent of its ambitious $1 million target on Kickstarter. The “People’s Opera” has struggled in recent years. It closed its doors in 2008 for a refurbishment that coincided with the Financial Crisis, […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

Image by @mstem Like Facebook and other corporate social platforms, Kickstarter last week was pressured to refine its policies governing which speech it will and will not accept and support on its platform. The catalyst for the conversation was a DoSomething.org petition with more than 50,068 signatures (in just over a day) against Ken Hoinsky‘s […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

NEW YORK — Joe Verdirame has a background at J.P. Morgan and funding startups. Now he hopes to reshape funding for independent video journalism. Verdirame, 39, is the founder of Vourno, a new publishing platform to help crowdfund video journalism. The site launched on May 20 and is largely a blank slate. So far there […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

As recently as five years ago the story by Toronto Star reporters that they had seen a video purporting to show the city’s Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack with a drug gang would have likely sold a lot of newspapers for a few weeks, and been followed by a protracted trial and judicial process. Published […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

The news that NBC is closing the hyper-local news site EveryBlock has been met with widespread disappointment — rooted as much in the failure of a good brand as the uncomfortable reminder that the hyper-local community is yet to find a business model that pays. Adrian Holovaty, a 2007 Knight News Challenge winner, is the […] more »

by David Cohn

This came across my social media feed Thursday morning: “Google Unveils New Revenue Option for Web Publishers.” In short: It’s a simple technology where readers who come across a pay wall can opt into taking a survey instead of having to reach for their wallet. The survey then creates some funds for the publisher and […] more »

by John Barth

PRX embarked on a local journalism experiment last fall with Louisville Public Media (LPM) and Spot.us with the support of the Knight News Challenge. We built a service that matches the pioneering crowdfunding work of Spot.us (itself a News Challenge grantee) with the public radio focus of PRX and LPM. The project is called Story […] more »

by David Cohn

There are many things that excite me about Spot.Us. One in particular, which I believe is part of our pathway to sustainability is “community-focused sponsorship“ (CFS). It is the main thrust of my fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. My evolving view of advertising is becoming a passionate topic. In some respects CFS gave me […] more »