Can crowd-funding save journalism?

Crowdfunding is pioneering a different relationship between reader and writer.
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Some enterprising journalists are using crowd-funding to bypass the need for a big media company and serve readers directly.

In Australia, the platform that pioneered community-powered reporting was YouCommNews by freelance journalist Melissa Sweet and journalism academic Dr Margaret Simons. The platform, which is part of Swinburne University’s Public Interest Journalism Foundation, is a not-for-profit organisation that ‘uses the internet to crowd-source both ideas and resources for high quality, community driven journalism’.

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Naima Morelli
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Naima Morelli is an arts writer with a particular interest in contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region and the emerging art systems. She is a regular contributor to CoBo Social, Culture360 and Middle East Monitor, among others, and the author of a book about contemporary art in Indonesia.
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