We’re building new ways to directly fund local journalism with support from the Google News Initiative
Since the launch of MuckRock’s crowdfunding tools, over a thousand donors have pitched in over $50,000 to records fees for projects large and small, telling important stories across the country. We’re now expanding that program to offer better ongoing support for local journalism with improved ways to reward supporters.
Jennifer 8. Lee has been an informal advisor to MuckRock since the very beginning, so last week we made things official and welcomed the entrepreneur, publisher, producer, journalist, and emoji activist to the MuckRock Foundation board of directors.
Last week, no new features on MuckRock were released, but we did give ONA attendees a first sneak peak at the new DocumentCloud.
We are excited to share that Meredith Broussard, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, has joined the board of the MuckRock Foundation.
If you’re in Tunis or Houston, come say hi and see what’s in store as we continue integrating MuckRock and DocumentCloud. On the development front, only minor updates this week, including a tweak to stop our site statistics from breaking and more robust username handling.