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Blaire Briody Wins 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.12.20 PMWriter Blaire Briody has won the 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award, an honor bestowed on a promising nonfiction writer “whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice.”

As a freelance journalist, Briody has written for The New York Times, Popular Science and Fast Company.Her first book The New Wild West will tell the story of how a quiet town in North Dakota was transformed by an oil boom. The book is due out from Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press in 2016.

“I enjoy exploring broader social issues through the stories of individuals and immersing myself in their environment,” Briody stated. “With The New Wild West, I hope to give a voice to the people living in North Dakota’s oil boom region and provide the reader with a deep understanding of what fracking, oil and our relationship to the land means for all of us. The Richard J. Margolis Award will be paramount in helping me complete my book, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to receive such a prestigious honor.”

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Fairstreet Community Funding Advice for Writers & Journalists

Are you looking for an alternative to the well-known crowdfunding sites?

Financial journalist Blaire Briody, photojournalist Brad DeCecco, and documentary filmmaker Ashley Panzera are raising funds for a reporting trip (and eventual book) exploring the oil boom Williston, North Dakota. They used a new community funding site called Fairstreet to raise the funds, so we caught up with Briody to find out more about the new platform:

I chose FairStreet because they’re a small startup with a hands-on approach. They’re different because they vet each project carefully and give you a support system – which includes consultation on how to build a successful campaign, sending the project out to their own contacts, and paying for the campaign video. The fact that they believed in my project gave me the confidence I needed to move forward with the funding effort. The video is professionally done and I think that helped add legitimacy to the project, and would’ve been hard to do on my own. Their encouragement and support has been phenomenal so far, and I don’t think I would get that with any other crowdfunding platform.

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