Beacon Reader

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Beacon Reader enables people to fund journalism and subscribe to writers directly.

Beacon, an independent platform for journalism based in Oakland, California, was founded in 2013. Over the past year, it has paid out over $600,000 to journalists and has over 250 writers using the platform.

It works with publications to get the word out about those projects, and to help their stories reach a wider audience. Past projects done in partnership with publications include “The Net Neutrality Battle,” where Techdirt raised nearly $70,000 through crowdfunding on Beacon to support its coverage of the net neutrality fight in Washington, D.C.

In August 2014, The Huffington Post crowdfunded over $40,000 on Beacon for a fellowship that will allow a journalist to remain in Ferguson, Missouri, and cover the ongoing protests and their aftermath for one year. In the spring, Climate Confidential, a team of six climate and environment reporters, raised over $46,000 through crowdfunding on Beacon to create a micro-publication devoted to climate issues. And, most recently, The Texas Tribune crowdsourced funding for a 15-part series of stories on how the shale boom is changing Texas, the end product of which earned praise from The New York Times this week.

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