Tag: kickstarter

by Julie Keck

1. CNN to double digital politics staff for 2016 (Erik Wemple / Washington Post) 2. Commenters hate HuffPost’s new Facebook-only commenting system (Sam Kirkland / Poynter) 3. Kickstarter simplifies its rules and lowers the barrier for project acceptance (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 4. 2015: The year there will be more cellular connections than people (Kevin [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. LeVar Burton gets $2 million via Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow (Sam Thielman / AdWeek) 2. Turkey sentences Twitter user to jail for blasphemy (AFP / Yahoo News) 3. Here’s how 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 4. MIT Technology Review launches tiered subscription plan [...] more »

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 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 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 Julie Keck

1. Is the government shutting down? Quartz will tell you (and drive a little traffic in the process) (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 2. Publishers, AOL partner on subscription service (Mike Rondon / Folio) 3. The limits of Twitter’s TV pitch (Jack Marshall / Digiday) 4. Phony web traffic tricks digital ads (Christopher S. Stewart [...] more »

by Paul Spinrad

Kickstarter pioneered a set of rules and an uncluttered visual grammar that has become the familiar frame for online fundraising, and many other such crowdfunding portals have since copied or adapted their formula — even sites that started earlier. Now, an explosion of cheap and easy new tools and services makes crowdfunding more democratic than [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. MIT moves to intervene in release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service file (Wired) 2. Freedom of Information Act Machine fights government secrecy by automating transparency requests (TechCrunch) 3. Facebook introduces photo comments for pages (Mashable) 4. Reading news through gestures: New York Times to release Leap Motion app (The Verge) 5. Swell raises $5.4 [...] more »