author={Tanja Aitamurto},
  journal={Journalism Practice},
  pages={429 - 445}
This article analyzes the impact of crowdfunding on journalism. Crowdfunding is defined as a way to harness collective intelligence for journalism, as readers’ donations accumulate into judgments about the issues that need to be covered. The article is based on a case study about Spot.Us, a platform pioneering community-funded reporting. The study concludes that a crowdfunded journalistic process requires journalists to renegotiate their role and professional identity to succeed in the changing… 

Motivations Behind Donors' Contributions to Crowdfunded Journalism

Crowdfunded journalism is a new model for funding journalism in which reporters solicit micropayments from readers to finance their reporting. In the present study, we seek to identify the major

MOTIVATION OF DONOR CONTRIBUTION 1 Motivations behind donors ’ contribution to crowdfunded journalism

Crowdfunded journalism is a new model for funding journalism in which reporters solicit micropayments from readers to finance their reporting. The present study seeks to identify the major

Crowdfunding: A Harambee for African Journalism?

Fifteen years into the new millennium, at a time marked by an ongoing struggle to find new revenue streams for serious journalism, both in Africa and globally, the advent of crowdfunding has been

Crowdfunding and journalism The ins and outs of audience financing

In an uncertain environment for media companies, we believe that one of the key elements for their future is to develop strategies to fully-engage the audience, gain their trust and their

Crowdfunding for Journalism

  • Tanja Aitamurto
  • Business
    The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies
  • 2019
Crowdfunding has become a commonly used method to fund journalism in the midst of the decay of the traditional revenue models in journalism (Aitamurto, 2011, 2015b; Hunter, 2015). Crowdfunding is a

Knowledge and Assessment of Crowdfunding in Communication. The View of Journalists and Future Journalists

In the context of the financial and credibility crisis, which currently permeates the communication sector, the future of journalism is going to be decided by the confidence of the audiences and

Crowd-Funded Journalism

It is found that consumers are more likely to donate to stories that provide them with practical guidance for daily living e.g., stories about public health or local city infrastructure, as opposed to stories from which they gain a general awareness of the world e.G., cultural diversity, or government and politics.

Journalism practices in crowdfunded media organizations

100 Abstract Imagine a media organization without ownership, hierarchy, advertisements, where journalists are free to make their own decisions and do what they believe to be right. Recently, more and

Crowdfunding independent and freelance journalism: Negotiating journalistic norms of autonomy and objectivity

This article argues that journalists who crowdfund strongly believe in the journalistic norm of autonomy, but at the same time feel a great deal of responsibility towards their funders, which is potentially a point of conflict.

“We’re a movement”: crowdfunding, journalism, and feminism

Abstract As media organizations struggle to remain financially viable, and layoffs become more common, crowdfunding has been championed as one way for journalists to finance new ventures and create




In an increasingly digital world where many are predicting the demise of the traditional newspaper, the media are turning to the masses to report and help report through the power of Internet

Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture

Get a life,' William Shatner told Star Trek fans. Yet, as Textual Poachers argues, fans already have a life,' a complex subculture which draws its resources from commercial culture while also

The wisdom of crowds : why the many are smarter than the few

In this landmark work, NEW YORKER columnist James Surowiecki explores a seemingly counter-intuitive idea that has profound implications. Decisions taken by a large group, even if the individuals

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

"Convergence Culture" maps a new territory: where old and new media intersect, where grassroots and corporate media collide, where the power of the media producer, and the power of the consumer

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

From the bestselling author of Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is a fascinating look at how the internet is transforming our

Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm

It is suggested that the authors are seeing the broad and deep emergence of a new, third mode of production in the digitally networked environment, a mode I call commons-based peer production, which has systematic advantages over markets and managerial hierarchies when the object of production is information or culture.

Crowdsourcing as a Model for Problem Solving

An introduction to crowdsourcing is provided, both its theoretical grounding and exemplar cases, taking care to distinguish crowdsourcing from open source production.

The people formerly known as the audience

The quote „the people formerly known as the audience“ by Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University illustrates the paradigm shift currently underway in the world of media due to the

Communication as culture: Essays on media and society

Series Editor's Introduction Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: COMMUNICATION AS CULTURE A cultural approach to communication Mass communication and cultural studies Reconceiving 'mass' and

Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace

From the Publisher: The number of travelers along the information superhighway is increasing at a rate of ten percent a month. How will this communications revolution affect our culture and society?