Contributoria introduces membership for supporters of independent journalism, includes new monthly print editionTuesday, July 1, 2014
Contributoria introduced a new membership program today which includes a print version of the monthly edition. Membership fees will increase the funding pool available to the community which is used for crowdfunding quality independent journalism.
First launched publicly in January this year, Contributoria is an independent journalism platform. It was adopted eagerly by freelance journalists around the world for its open and collaborative process, support for independent voices and simple payment terms. To date, the community of 2,000 and its partners and sponsors have backed nearly 200 articles paying journalists over $100,000 in total.
Co-founder Matt McAlister said, “We are thrilled to be supporting so many independent journalists to do what they love doing. This new membership program means we can increase the buying power of the community and support even more journalists to work independently.”
Professional journalists, researchers, academics and journalism students have used the open platform to develop long form features, data journalism projects, investigative research, interviews and essays.
Contributoria Editor and Co-founder Sarah Hartley said, “Everything we do at Contributoria is focussed on the writers, it's all about putting them in control. We've already been able to support some exciting new voices in journalism and look forward to helping, developing and promoting many, many more.”
Contributoria member and freelance journalist Mischa Wilmers said, “I've really enjoyed using Contributoria. I have found the collaborative process really useful. When I first pitched my proposal on the site someone who knew more about the topic than me began leaving very critical comments underneath. I ended up working quite closely with him on the piece and he pointed me to some very interesting sources and interviewees which I probably wouldn't have used otherwise. I also like the fact that articles are published under creative commons which means they can be published elsewhere.”
Membership fees ranging from $3 to $9 per month enable supporters to back more articles they want to see. There are additional member benefits such as a printed newspaper of each issue that will be delivered to your door. The current free services will also continue to be available indefinitely.
CTO and Co-founder Dan Catt said, “The beta period gave us room to test assumptions about how a platform for independent journalists should work. We got a lot of it right, and the community gave us a steer on other things they need from us. Our brilliant little team here is already hard at work on the next phase of development.”
Sponsorships and subsidies will continue to support Contributoria, as well. Contributoria has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme, The International Press Institute, The Guardian, and several universities around the world to fund and promote coverage of themes such as press freedom, global development issues and alternative finance.
More funding sources and partnerships for the community will be announced later this year.
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Contributoria is an independent journalism community. The platform enables journalists and writers to collaborate on all aspects of the writing process, including commissioning, editing and publication.
Contributoria was initially funded as a winner of the News Innovation Contest from the International Press Institute and sponsored by Google. Contributoria is now a trading division of Guardian Media Group Plc.
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