Stories That Matter

Press Start’s mission is to foster independent journalism where it is suppressed.


Active Campaigns

Marrying Young in Tanzania

Regina Kulindwa

In Tanzania, some 8,000 girls and women die each year due to preventable pregnancy-related problems. A related statistic: Tanzania also has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Award-winning radio journalist Regina Kulindwa will probe the connection between early marriage and maternal mortality in Tanzania through interviews with local people, government officials, health workers, and experts, and examine the link between poverty and maternal health.



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Cracking Eastern Europe’s lead paint syndicate MF

Taras Zozulinskyy

Ukrainian-made paint containing 100 or more times more lead than international standards permit is regularly exported to Europe and Central Asia.Ukraine is a haven for manufacturers of lead paint, despite reams of evidence that children especially can suffer neurological damage and other lasting health problems through exposure to lead-containing paint on walls or toys.


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The everyday Balkan smuggler MF

Natalia Zaba & team

Out soon: A documentary about the “invisible deaths” of Afghani migrants in the Balkans by Polish-born Balkan reporter Natalia Żaba and her colleagues. The team is now planning the follow-up – an investigation into how migrant trafficking became big business in the region. Their goal is a second film focusing on the smugglers themselves. Press Start donors can help them launch the first phase, mining official records for data on traffickers and how authorities on both sides of the EU-Serbian border dealt with them.

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Jaguar fangs: The Chinese connection in the Amazon MF

Eduardo Franco Berton

Eduardo Franco Berton’s passion for wildlife and nature has taken the Bolivian journalist/photographer to some of the most remote places in Latin America. He is now investigating the illegal trade in jaguar fangs in the Amazon, where poachers have killed hundreds of the endangered big cats to extract their fangs, a prized item in China for their supposed healthful and aphrodisiac properties. Eduardo's project is supported by a grant from EJN, the Earth Journalism Network. Now, with the help of Press Start donors, he can extend his cross-border investigation to determine the scale of the illegal jaguar hunting in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil and who benefits from it, culminating in a documentary film. Press Start will match all contributions made to his campaign, so your dollars will go twice as far.

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How It Works

“Political, business or criminal interests in many countries intimidate journalists or otherwise restrict their access to information. Press Start is a tremendous opportunity for people to make an impact: every new story reveals some truth that helps remove the blinders keeping citizens in the dark.”

Gary Regenstreif, Chairman, Press Start Advisory Board; Executive Editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence; former Editor at Large, Reuters.

"There are so many dark corners of the planet where good journalism is needed to shine light to make a difference in people's lives. That's what so impressive about Press Start – a straightforward way for all of us to support and fund this sort of journalism and the very brave men and women who practice it."

Danforth Austin, former vice president, The Wall Street Journal

"In an interconnected world, it's not charity to support honest journalism. It's common sense."

David Rennie, Washington bureau chief, The Economist

"Press Start is about giving journalists a platform and financing to tell the important stories about their countries."

Raphael Minder, correspondent, The New York Times

What Makes Press Start Different?

Support for Individual Journalists

The site targets a specific niche of reporters working solely in emerging democracies and the developing world who will mainly produce articles in local languages for local impact.


We will search out and highlight reporters who would not have the capacity (international contacts, language skills, promotional experience) to crowdfund on their own.

Careful Screening

We will profile only those journalists who have been vetted for their independence and the quality of their reporting, working hand-in-hand with our local partners.

A Personal Touch

We will create evocative profiles of journalists, with extensive information on them and their commitment to report despite obstacles, to better resonate with potential donors.

Collective Impact

We are forming close partnerships with like-minded organizations around the world and working together to achieve collective impact.