Vancouver Journalism fund-raising experiment pays off

16 Apr

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It’s great to see initiatives like this succeed.

The Vancouver-based Tyee online publication has raised almost $15,000 in donations since it asked readers to give money to pay for provincial election coverage.

The experiment has exceeded the expectations of Tyee editor David Beers, who expects contributions to hit $15,000.  That amounts to double its monthly reporting budget.

The appeal comes as Canwest, the owner of the two Vancouver daily newspapers (the Vancouver Sun and Province) is cutting costs and negotiating with creditors on a CDN$3.7 billion debt.

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