First Reader-Supported Story Almost Funded

Brent Finnegan -- January 28th, 2011

Two weeks ago, we announced that we would begin publishing reader-funded stories using Spot.Us. This “crowd-funding” model enables the Harrisonburg community to have a direct impact on what gets reported, through their tax-deductible contributions. This will provide money for journalists to report on important local issues.

Our first story, an examination of the prospects of hydrofracking in Rockingham County, is already well on its way to becoming fully-funded. Before we even really had a chance to get the word out, several generous readers contributed a large chunk of the funding. is providing half of the money toward this particular fundraising goal. The other half is coming from readers.

This will be the first of many original reports we hope to publish. With your support, we’ll be able to make reader-funded journalism an ongoing part of

Thanks to all who read, comment, contribute, and participate in the hburgnews community.

4 Responses to “First Reader-Supported Story Almost Funded”

  1. David Miller says:

    I donated. I really like this idea and also very happy that the first funded story will focus on an issue that threatens to destroy what we all take for granted (our wonderfully clean water).

  2. Thanks, David.

    Only $14.35 to go as of 8:30 p.m. Friday. You can also earn a few dollars in credits on Spot.Us to put toward the story. A few minutes of your time can make the difference in getting this story funded.

  3. Funded!

    Thanks to all the readers who chipped in to help reach the $300 goal. Look for the story in a month or two…

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