Tag: crowdfunding

by Julie Keck

1. E-reading rises as device ownership jumps (Pew Internet) 2. Facebook and Instagram teaming up with NBC for Sochi Olympics (Jordan Chariton / Lost Remote) 3. Local legacy media struggles in the digital world (Tom Grubisich / Street Fight) 4. Vimeo turns to Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find and fund movies (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) [...] more »

by Denise Lu

Getting people passionate enough to shell out money for an idea is no easy feat. Dan Pacheco, chair of journalism innovation at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, wanted to help student ideas become realities by introducing them to the power of crowdfunding. Pacheco created Kick it Up, an initiative to give projects already on [...] more »

by Richard Swart

Crowdfunding has come a long way since 2008, when a group of UC Berkeley MBA students launched Indiegogo. It’s now a multibillion-dollar industry growing literally exponentially and worldwide. My research suggests crowdfunding will grow more than 100 percent in 2013, and according to various industry sources, it grew 60-80 percent in 2012. And while the [...] more »

by Julie Keck

Crowdfunding campaigns, when run well, can seem effortless, almost magical, if you’re watching from afar. Seeing the money and backers pile up, especially in the last phase of a campaign, can be breathtaking, when everyone is hugging and high-fiving. However, crowdfunding is not a walk in the park. Unless that park is covered with broken [...] more »

by Claire Groden

As traditional sources of funding for media become harder to come by, many digital media purveyors are turning to a new source: crowdfunding. The fundraising method has gained traction in a diverse cross-section of the industry, from musical productions to news magazines. Using websites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter, some media initiatives are far surpassing [...] more »

by Carla King

Authors are choosing to crowdfund their work, and there are now options for them on which platform to use. The question is: Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Pubslush? To explore the pros and cons of those platforms, I interviewed a successful author from each of them to find out why they chose it and how they succeeded. [...] more »

by Carla King

This crowdfunding author success story is part of our PBS MediaShift series on crowdfunding: 3 Successful Authors: 3 Successful Crowdfunding Platforms. This author crowdfunding segment interviews author Janna Leyde who funded her book “He Never Liked Cake” using the Pubslush platform. Also read about: Indiegogo Author Penny Rosenwasser: “Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice [...] more »

by Paul Spinrad

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its long-awaited proposed rules for the most radical part of the JOBS Act of 2012. These rules set the terms for what’s called Regulation Crowdfunding, under which the general public will be allowed to invest limited amounts in small, unregistered securities. Regulation Crowdfunding represents one of the [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The premise of a recent investigative report from the NPR Planet Money team is pretty old school actually — track a product from beginning to end. In this case, it was a T-shirt followed from a cotton farm in Mississippi to its final place on someone’s back, with a stop in tragedy-riddled Bangladesh in between. [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

A few years ago, many legacy news organizations were cutting investigative staffs to the bone, trying to cut costs as revenues were dropping. And everyone knows that investigative journalism costs a lot of money and isn’t always the most “monetizable” content. But things have truly shifted recently, with online-native newsrooms such as Huffington Post and [...] more »