Will the crowd support these important journalism projects?

Check out some crowdfunding campaigns for important journalism projects in Australia and more widely.

• This Start Some Good campaign aims to create a news and opinion website to give people with disabilities a voice again following the closure of ABC Ramp Up. By August 22, the campaign had raised $7,075 from 93 backers, with an ultimate goal of $80,000 (tipping point goal of $20,000), and 47 days to go.

• The Star Observer, a not-for profit publication dedicated to Australia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex community, is trying to crowdfund its future via Pozible.  So far, 138 supporters have pledged $24,215 towards target of $75,000 with 13 days to go.

Writing at The Guardian, Harley Dennett, a current shareholder of SSO Media (Gay and Lesbian Community Publishing Ltd), former member of its board, and former news editor of Sydney Star Observer, reviews the history of the Star and the challenges it faces.

• In the United States, Beacon Reader is working with The Huffington Post on this campaign to fund on-the-ground, ongoing reporting from Ferguson, via the Ferguson Fellowship. The fellowship trains and promotes promising new journalists on the local level. Stories funded through the fellowship will be delivered to backers on Beacon but will also appear and get distributed by The Huffington Post.

The project needs to raise $40,000 (US) by September 10, and has $8,506 pledged, with 20 days left. Campaign organisers say the first Ferguson Fellow, Mariah Stewart, has already made an impact with her coverage on Beacon, but that she could benefit from training, guidance, and support from The Huffington Post.

MariahStewart• For more background on the innovative crowdfunding platform Beacon Reader, watch this CBC News interview with co-founder, Adrian Sander.


• And, finally – if you’re interested in crowd-funding journalism projects, please consider engaging with the Public Interest Journalism Foundation’s Pozible channel.