For independent journalists, raising funding to pursue your stories can be difficult. Crowdfunding through Kickstarter can be a great way to raise awareness about your project and build momentum around your cause.
Currently, Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world and has helped users raise over $40 million since its inception in April of 2009. While film, music, and design projects tend to be the most successful, there are also a great number of journalism projects available. Pledges on some of these campaigns are as little as $1.
Here are a few great journalism proposals on Kickstarter which span a wide range of voices. Do your part and pledge your support to any or all of these campaigns!
Photojournalist Timothy Jagielo for the Tri-County Times in Fenton, Michigan wants to travel to Libya to cover Libyan-born American citizen Mustafa. Mustafa is an engineer and speaks English and Arabic and worked as an early spokesman for the Libyan rebels. Timothy wants to tell Mustafa’s story from his hometown area and show how they are using their skills to build a new and better Libya.
NOT WORKING is a project by Brooklyn journalist DW Gibson that seeks to provide the names and faces of the Great American Recession. Gibson will interview individuals who have lost their jobs because of the economic downturn over the last three years, centering in on the conditions which led to their current state. Gibson, along with project partner MJ Sieber, have already interviewed over a dozen people for the NOT WORKING project.
Dubbed as “a journey into meth-driven crime”, Shadow People is an unflinching work of journalism which exposes the ways that methamphetamines are threatening our nation’s wide-open spaces, fueling crimes against citizens, breaking families apart, devastating innocent children, and tearing away at the psyche of each community through which it spreads. Award-winning crime journalist Scott Thomas Anderson is the creative mind behind this work of journalism.