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2nd most funded in publishing. 1st in journalism. Thanks so much for being a part of it. You rule! twitter.com/romanmars/stat…
— Roman Mars (@romanmars) August 10, 2012
An update to our post last week: the pledges kept coming, and the most funded journalism project in Kickstarter’s history is now a small-staffed podcast about design.
If you didn’t read it, public radio’s Roman Mars started a crowdfunding campaign this summer with a goal of $42,000 to help fund extra help for its third season of 99% Invisible, his side project focusing on the “invisible” activity that shapes our lives. (It was a necessary gamble– most of the money was slotted to hire former intern Sam Greenspan and make production more manageable.) In the end the radio show distributed by Public Radio Exchange more than hit its goal, and more than doubled its goal, too—the project funded its goal 405 percent.
A total of 5,661 backers crowdfunded it to a whopping $170,477.
It’s clear that video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo have had a huge impact on the news industry. The Pew Internet & Americal Life Project just reported that 71 percent of Americans use video-sharing sites and it’s nearly impossible to find a news organization that doesn’t include video on its website.
But video is so 2010. I recently came across blurts.com, a site still in beta, that lets you tag and share a 30-second audio clip. It was pretty neat. Within minutes of using the site, and without needing any new software or know-how, I recorded a clip wishing my little brother a happy birthday and posted it on Facebook.
The Online News Association, an organization dedicated to journalism innovation online, is currently accepting applications for their 2011 MJ Bear Fellowship Program for early-career digital journalists. The fellowship is named in honor of ONA founding board member Mary Jane “MJ” Bear, whose career included roles at Microsoft’s MSN portals, MSN International, NPR, and American University.
According to ONA, the MJ Bear Fellowships will help identify and celebrate young digital journalists working independently or for a company or organization who have demonstrated that they deserve support for their efforts and/or vision, either through professional experimentation, research, or other projects. This is the inaugural year for the fellowships, and the search committee will select three journalists (two in the US or Canada or one internationally). Selected fellows will receive a personal ONA mentor for six months, a full year’s membership with ONA, and registration, travel, accomodations and recognition at the 2011 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet (ONA11) in Boston, Sept. 22-24.
Eligible journalists must be age 23-30 (as of Sept. 22, 2011), fluent in English, and must not be full-time students. The deadline to apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship is Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information about the MJ Bear Fellowships, please visit the Fellowship’s website.
Fellows will be announced in July 2011.
As any audiophile will tell you, good audio starts with a good pair of headphones. If you want your headphones to look as good as they sound, check out some of the cool models below.
These Swarovski crystal-studded Audio Technica headphones will make both your audio and you shine. At £1799.99 (about $2,900 USD) they may be pricey, but at least they come with free delivery.
These cool headphones also come with some cool features — a tangle-proof cord, a stretch headband, and soft ear cushions — and for made for those on the go.
Add a touch of class to your audio experience with these headphones that include suede and leather lining and gold accents, in addition to some powerful sound.
The spirit of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis are invoked in these in-ear headphones specially made for listening to jazz music.
These handmade, crocheted headphones look both cute and comfortable. While there are no guarantees on the audio quality, at least you’ll look pretty sweet.
R2D2, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and other Star Wars characters and iconography are emblazoned on these Coloud headphones that include a built-in microphone/remote.
Who shot ya? You’ll be number one with a bullet with these in-ear headphones styled after some heavy-duty ammunition.
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