09 Jan 2017
We've started development now thanks to support from OSF
By Matt McAlister
Why would anyone put money behind a new approach to supporting open independent journalism back in early 2016?
Crowdfunding platforms for journalism were closing shop. Brexit and Trump were still merely subplots in the media hivemind. And fake news was just a pesky buzz in people's ears.
Everything was fine, right?
Except everything wasn't fine.
We knew this. Everyone who cared about journalism knew this.
And only a small number of foundations committed to the future of independent voices were willing to back new ideas that might give journalism the means to thrive the way it should.
But we persevered and eventually found a partner who could make Publish.org possible.
Yes, Publish.org is on!
Thanks to the support of Open Society Foundations we are now ready to kick things off and to start building. We've been doing research talking to some of you, and we had a big planning session this week.
Development is starting today!
Just like our previous work at Contributoria we will have lots of ways for people to get involved. There's a reason we're using a .org domain.
We'll start sharing our plans, too. For now, we just wanted to say, "we're back!" and to thank you for your patience.
We didn't intend to stay so quiet for so long. If we had the steering wheel for the year that was 2016 we would've taken it down a very different path. But here we are now with an idea, a plan, some financial support and all of you to help us create a healthier and longer-lasting life for independent journalism.
The future is looking very bright indeed.
Matt, Sarah, Dan and Dean