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The thinking behind that news startup I made

It’s been about a year since I launched Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. We’ve grown from one person with a Tumblr blog to more than a dozen writers and editors in half a dozen countries around the world. Since the site was created I’ve done a lot of thinking about what we stand for, […]

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The thinking behind that news startup I made

It’s been about a year since I launched Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. We’ve grown from one person with a Tumblr blog to more than a dozen writers and editors in half a dozen countries around the world.

Since the site was created I’ve done a lot of thinking about what we stand for, what’s our focus and the interesting trends we’ve seen develop while following or sifting through thousands of crowdfunding campaigns.

Here’s some of that thinking in commentary, interview or video form.

FYI: Our work has also been featured by Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, PBS MediaShift, Global Investigative Journalism Network and Nonprofit Quarterly.

What’s got me all excited about the future of journalism


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Pictures of People

  • A man and barber focus intently on hair at New Chicago Barbershop in San Francisco’s Fillmore District on July 29, 2005.
  • A U.S. Marine veteran touches a wall of photos hung on the wall of VFW Post 5477 in Imperial Beach, Calif. in search of a friend killed in Iraq. Joe "Tiger" Patrick carried a banner with a photo of every soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan across America.
  • Teunis van der Poel lights coal for hookah in a tunnel in Aalborg, Denmark on June 17, 2006.
  • A woman waves a “CHANGE” sign and smiles as Senator Barack Obama accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party to become President of the United States on Aug. 28, 2008.
  • State Senator Juan Vargas arrives in Golden Hall in San Diego with a group of chanting supporters on Nov. 6, 2012. Vargas became the first Hispanic representative of a congressional district in San Diego County.
  • Surfers head for the waves Oct. 17, 2011 in Imperial Beach, Calif.
  • A competitor in the first annual Katy’s Endless Summer Grom Classic on Oct. 17, 2010.
  • A skater takes a break from riding in the bowl at the grand opening of Imperial Beach Skate Park on Nov. 21, 2010.
  • Soap box derby competitors line up for head-to-head action on May 30, 2010 in San Diego.
  • Soap box derby competitors line up for head-to-head action on May 30, 2010 in San Diego.
  • A Native American man dances at Great Western Days on June 5, 2010 in El Cajon.
  • Ahead of their first game in the Lingerie Football League, Rica Manalastas and Tiffany Harrison of the San Diego Seduction look on at a team practice at La Jolla High School in August 2009.
  • A woman lingers as the crowd begins to disperse at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.
  • A member of the band SFK on Newport Avenue in San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood on Nov. 2, 2009.
  • Members of the band SFK on Newport Avenue in San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood on Nov. 2, 2009.
  • A ferris wheel spins at a carnival in the San Diego neighborhood of Nestor on July 14, 2011.
  • Majur Malou immigrated from Sudan to San Diego and leads Episcopal Refugee Network.
  • Majur Malou immigrated from Sudan to San Diego and leads Episcopal Refugee Network.
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  • Grace, a transgender prostitute, stands outside San Francisco City Hall July 4, 2005.
  • A man sells glowing swords on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif.
  • A woman at a protest of Proposition 8
  • A man with his face painted makes faces for children at a Sinterklauss parade in Utrecht, Holland. The Dutch paint their faces black every year to play the character of Zwarte Piet, a slave or servant who helps Saint Nicholas deliver gifts. Some call the practice tradition while others, including a high-ranking member of the United Nations, call the practice racist and a minstrel show akin to the kind seen in the United States to exaggerate the features of people of African descent.
  • Calvin Banks and his mare Carmen on the Washington Mall on Jan. 18, 2009 ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Banks rode his horse from Maryland where he is a member of the Maryland Buffalo Soldiers Horse Calvary.
  • A very aggressive Little League baseball player in La Mesa, Calif.
  • Sam Kelete works a punching bag in Daly City, Calif. on July 11, 2005.
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  • A Barack Obama supporter who just heard that he will become president.
  • Carita Aisla in Helsinki, Finland in July 2006.
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  • A young boy watches the fireworks during Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Colo.
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City of Hope

Over the course of the last five years, some years more than others, I took pictures at City of Hope International (COHI) Church in San Diego. The Pentecostal church is led by Rev. Terrell Fletcher, a former San Diego Chargers running back.

In 2012 City of Hope International combined with Faith Chapel to become COHI at Faith Chapel and is located at 4999 Holly Dr. in San Diego.

Ecological ‘Heart Attack’ Feared if IB Sand Closes the Tijuana River

Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category. 

Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers.

But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south and block the mouth of the Tijuana River.

If the sand stopped flow of the river, said the manager of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, it could threaten endangered species and other wildlife in the Tijuana River Valley.

“It’s like your circulatory system,” said Brian Collins, the refuge manager. “You don’t want it blocked. It causes a heart attack. Or like asthma. You want to be able to breathe, and my analogy is you want the water to be able to go in and out.”

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