Crowdfunding
Stories That Matter

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

DONATE       LEARN MORE

Active Campaigns

Following the Money: Investigating the EU Recovery Fund

Bianca Albu, Ivan Radev, Oana Despa

Millions of euros in European Union funds are being spent on COVID-19 equipment in Romania and Bulgaria. But who are the firms that are receiving the funds? Are their products overpriced? Are suspicions of corruption well-founded? Two investigative journalists from Romania and one from Bulgaria are ready to trace the money trail and find out whether the recovery funds from the EU budget were spent appropriately or not. We expect to deliver a series of articles and a step-by-step blueprint for how such investigations can be replicated in any EU member state.

MF Through a grant from the European Commission (EC), we will match every amount you donate, up to 1,000 euros total. The total will be regularly updated to reflect the EC's contribution.



Learn more

raised
€2 816

goal
€6 280

Applications are open!

The second round of applications are now open for our Empowering Media and Society through Collaborative, Crowdfunded Journalism project, in partnership with FPU, FEE and Prague Media School.

This is your chance to get your cross-border, collaborative project backed by crowdfunding!

FIND OUT MORE

Blog posts

View all >

Are you a journalist?

Do you have a great idea for a story, but no funds to pursue it?
We are seeking talented candidates who need support for original projects.

APPLY TODAY

Completed Campaigns

View all >

Poland and Hungary Turn Blind Eye to Rampant Domestic Abuse

Agnieszka Wądołowska, Kinga Rajzak

The chaos unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic has emboldened Poland and Hungary – two of the most patriarchal and conservative countries in the European Union – to brazenly snub nationally and internationally ratified women’s rights conventions and initiatives that provide protection against domestic abuse.

MF Through a grant from the European Commission (EC), we will match every amount you donate, up to 1,000 euros total. The total will be regularly updated to reflect the EC's contribution.



Learn more
FUNDED

raised
€3 293

goal
€3 238

The Soviet Cocaine Union

Mihai Munteanu, Roxana Garaiman, Atanas Tchobanov

Award-winning journalists from Romania and Bulgaria present the dynamics of two international drug trafficking networks in the post-Soviet space, how these networks join forces to supply South American cocaine to the European market, and how they corrupt local authorities. Our team corroborated information hidden in thousands of pages of archives from official cross-border investigations, which were classified and suddenly buried, without explanation. Welcome to the White Wild East.

MF Through a grant from the European Commission (EC), we will match every amount you donate, up to 1,000 euros total. The total will be regularly updated to reflect the EC's contribution.



Learn more
FUNDED

raised
€6 226

goal
€5 680

Period poverty: Hungary’s silent scourge MF

Lili Rutai

Is period poverty becoming extinct? Many EU countries have slashed the “tampon tax” and the UK is moving toward abolishing it completely, like at least 20 U.S. states. Not so in Hungary, where women and girls live with the highest tax on female hygiene products in the EU. The major media – beholden to the nationalist government – ignore the issue. So one young Hungarian journalist and feminist decided to investigate the problem herself. Press Start will match all contributions made to her campaign, so your dollars will go twice as far.

Learn more
FUNDED

raised
$1,156

goal
$1,000

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.

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.