Crowdfunding Stories That Matter

Meet the first crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support journalists where the press cannot report freely.

We are aiming to revolutionize the way independent journalism is funded in the developing world and countries in transition (no small goal, we know!).

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NEW: Matching funds. If you see an MF  label next to a campaign title, then Press Start will match every dollar contributed, thanks to generous support from major donors.

Our Journalists



“Gold forest” babies languish in limbo between Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Ray Mwareya

Ray Mwareya has won international recognition for his reporting on Zimbabwe’s environment and southern Africa's marginalized people. Now he seeks to tell the story of the indigent women who give birth in the subsistence-gold-mining zone on the border of Mozambique and Zimbabwe and are not allowed to register their infants as citizens of either country.

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raised
$40

goal
$1,420

Argentina's native peoples pushed off their ancestral lands

José Acho

Jose Acho has covered Argentina’s poor and powerless for years. For Press Start, he aims to travel to one of the country’s most deprived regions to document the theft of land from indigenous people and the poverty and hardship it has caused.

 

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raised
$115

goal
$1,520

Listening to Those With HIV/AIDS in Armenia

Armen Melikbekyan

Co-founder of the Independent Journalists’ Network as a vehicle to circumvent the pervasive influence of political and business figures on Armenia’s media. Melikbekyan is working on a documentary about the stigma and discrimination suffered by the rising number of HIV-positive people in his socially conservative country.

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FUNDED

raised
$450

goal
$450

The science behind the search for Latin America's disappeared

Chantal Flores

Chantal Flores has walked the desert with desperate Mexican families searching for clues to the fates of their missing loved ones. Now as Colombia's civil war nears an end, she asks what lessons that country's long, grim experience with disappearances can offer the legions of bereaved in Mexico, and how forensic science is advancing the search for unmarked graves.

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FUNDED

raised
$950

goal
$950

Uncovering the Facts Behind Honduran Gang Rapes

Wendy Funes

A seasoned investigator recognized by the country’s EU delegation and others for her human rights reporting, Funes aims to look into the alleged cover-up of the links between a local official and a series of gang rapes of young women.

 

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FUNDED

raised
$1,120

goal
$1,120

In Congo, Millions for Water Projects, but not a Drop to Drink

Douce Namwezi N’ibamba

Editor in Chief of Mama Voice magazine. Recognized for her writing on conflict and women’s empowerment, Namwezi N’ibamba proposes to report on why her eastern Congolese province lacks potable water even after donors have poured millions of dollars into local water projects.

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FUNDED

raised
$790

goal
$780

Preventing another “frozen conflict” in Ukraine MF

Tatiana Kozak

Tatiana Kozak has covered Ukraine’s pivotal protest movement, the fall of a president, a secessionist war, and the seizure of Crimea, Now she plans to seek clues to the fate of war-torn eastern Ukraine in the experience of other post-Soviet countries that have endured decades of secessionist hostilities. Press Start will match all contributions made to Kozak’s campaign.

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FUNDED

raised
$1,804

goal
$1,725

Secrets behind the construction of Belarus' first nuclear power plant MF

Ruslan Harbachou

Veteran journalist Ruslan Harbachou has repeatedly won awards for his investigations into abuses of power in Belarus. He is now looking into reports of safety and environmental problems linked to the construction of Belarus’ only nuclear power plant, a project that has many on edge given the country’s suffering after the Chernobyl disaster.

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FUNDED

raised
$590

goal
$560

Putting Macedonia's Hospitals Under a Microscope

Zaklina Hadzi-Zafirova

Founder of SCOOP Macedonia, an independent investigative reporting network whose work has been recognized repeatedly and has resulted in reforms championed at the highest level of government. Hadzi-Zafirova proposes to undertake an ambitious assessment of the state of Macedonia’s hospitals.

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FUNDED

raised
$560

goal
$560

Why are Lebanon’s Ancient Sites Disappearing?

Habib Battah

A two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press whose work has helped save artifacts of Beirut’s Roman past. Battah proposes to investigate why efforts to preserve his country’s archeological record so often give way to development projects backed by well-connected business people or even government officials.

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FUNDED

raised
$1,730

goal
$1,680



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“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.

Outreach

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.