A new not for profit journalism platform is about to be launched by the team who was behind Contributoria which was archived in October, after producing 21 monthly issues. Contributoria was owned by the Guardian having received initial funding from the International Press Institute and Google’s News Innovation Fund. Now the core team behind the original publication (Matt McAlister, Sarah Hartley, Rev Dan Catt, Dean Vipond, Nat Buckley, Robert Ingram-Smith), are building Publish.org.
Sarah Hartley told Radar that their previous venture will inform their thinking as they set up the new platform. The project is in it’s early stages; a launch date hasn’t yet been set and the company structure is still being worked on, but Caroline Scott has also been writing about Publish.org for Journalism.co.uk. Hartley told Scott that Publish.org will be a Community Interest Company, free of shareholders;
The platform will fund its activity by working with foundations that share the same goals, but it will also raise money from the community through crowdfunding campaigns and membership opportunities. “We are not in the breaking news field, we are more into in-depth investigations, pieces that require time and effort to produce, the type of stories people are supportive of journalists doing, but that you perhaps don’t see everywhere all the time.
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