Why are so many journalists supporting Prison Time?
Public radio journalist Susan Arbetter is part of a media community that’s backing PTMP’s Kickstarter effort.
If you scroll down the list of donors to our Kickstarter campaign, which has hit the $6,000 mark, you’ll find that a lot of great journalists are helping out — people like Susan Arbetter, host of Capital Pressroom, and Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer.
They believe in investigative, deeply researched reporting. And like a lot of people, they’re wondering just how this kind of journalism will be funded in the future. Can it be crowdsourced? Will grassroots donors give $1 or $10 to make it happen? That’s the experiment you’re taking part in right now.
Really the question we’re answering this month is a big one: Is this kind of intensive, narrative story-telling a dinosaur in an age when newspapers are closing and reporters are facing mass lay-offs? Or are we on the cusp of something really cool — more community-based, more grounded in direct support?
There are just 20 days to go. A vote for this kind of work costs just a single buck. It’s quick, it’s affordable, it’s safe and secure and we’ll be about as grateful as anyone could be.