Tag: kickstarter

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 »

by Julie Keck

1. Wikileaks volunteer was a paid informant for the FBI (Wired) 2. On Wendy Davis’ filibuster (and DOMA): When Twitter does what journalism can’t (Salon) 3. With gay marriage sure to spark emotional responses, The Washington Post and New York Times try structuring comments (Nieman) 4. A Kickstarter tip for journalists from ProPublica: Crowdfunding is a lot of work (paidContent) 5. Google to remove […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo, launched in 2008, was a pioneer in helping anyone anywhere raise money from anyone in the world. While the site now has much more competition from venture-backed startups such as Kickstarter or niche sites such as CrowdSupply, Indiegogo has recently seen an uptick in high profile journalism-related campaigns. There was the “Crackstarter” […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Average American spends an hour a day of quality time with their smartphone (AllThingsD) 2. Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Myanmar publisher (Journalism.co.uk) 3. In defense of Twitter’s role as a social media watchdog (Digiphile) 4. Research: Public interest in hyperlocal media is high while advertiser interest is low (London School of Economics) 5. Opinion: Who needs reporters? (NYT) 6. On-the-record quotes from DOJ’s […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Internet goes down in Syria (Huffington Post) 2. Obama may back plan to wiretap web users (NYT) 3. Yahoo’s Mayer met with Hulu execs to explore premium video unit (AllThingsD) 4. Twitter’s legal director selected as White House’s first chief privacy officer (CNET) 5. Planet Money and Kickstarter: Is web-based crowdfunding the future of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Google Reader to shut down July 1 (The Verge) 2. Aaron Swartz lawyers accuse prosecutor of misconduct (Huffington Post) 3. Small but passionate online audience Kickstarts “Veronica Mars” movie (TechCrunch) 4. In Defense of Reddit: The SXSW controversy that just won’t die (MotherBoard) 5. Redbox Instant ready to open its doors to the public […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. A reluctant witness: @quinnnorton on the investigation of Aaron Swartz (The Atlantic) 2. Google Glass’ women problems (TechCrunch)   3. Study: Tone of comments can influence reader understanding of an article (NYT) 4. If Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks are guilty, so is the New York Times (PaidContent.org) 5. Banner ads to become a thing […] more »