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Projects in the News

Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.

This week Wired wrote about the long-form investigative narrative journalism project MATTER, which will focus on science and technology: "The stories themselves are going to be really good, I think. Matter’s founders, Giles and Bobbie Johnson, are both first-rate journalists, and they’ve quietly amassed a list of really good writers and editors they want to work with. They have a smart model: rather than soliciting detailed pitches, they’re more interested in writers coming to them with vaguer ideas. The writer then gets matched to an editor very early on — before the piece is even formally commissioned — and the final article comes together as a collaboration between the writer, editor, and publishers."

An image of Dennis Manarchy's 35-foot camera.
An image of Dennis Manarchy's 35-foot camera.

Popular Photography profiled Dennis Manarchy's Vanishing Cultures project to create a "mind-blowing in scale, 35-foot camera that produces two story tall prints, all in an attempt to capture some of the forgotten and evaporating societies of the United States."

G4's "Attack of the Show" produced a segment on Kickstarter featuring a technology, product design and board game project, including Dash, the smart phone stereo for your car, the clever iPad and laptop sleeves from Wonder Threads and the Chicken Caesar board game from Nevermore Games."

Obama impersonator, Louis Ortiz.
Obama impersonator, Louis Ortiz.

This American Life interviewed Louis Ortiz, an Obama doppelganger and the subject of The Audacity of Louis Ortiz, a documentary project chronicling his transition from 2008 when he "lost his job and was playing in pool tournaments in The Bronx to scratch together some money," until one day when "a friend pointed out that Louis looked strikingly similar to a man who had been in the news: presidential candidate Barack Obama. And that's when everything started to change for Louis, in ways he could never have expected."

And last but not least, io9 featured the currently funding webseries project, The New Kind, "an anime-influenced series set in the post-human future," which they said "will leave your heart pounding and your brain wanting more."

 


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      Creator Nick Shapiro on March 1, 2012

      This is great news, a rising tide lifts all boats. I hope to see my Mecha game featured on some of those publications in the near future! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamecraftsmen/mecha-galaxy

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      Creator Brain Dwyer on March 1, 2012

      this is awesome! great to see so many projects getting attention.

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      Creator norris streetman on March 1, 2012

      Isn't that life. The unexpected happenings. Great goings on with the Doc. This will be a real eye opener. BEST BEST......to ALL.

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      Creator Lynn Casper on March 1, 2012

      So great that you highlight projects that are getting press! The Feminist Playing Cards project recently got an article in the Huffington Post: http://huffingtonpost.com/lynn-casper/feminist-playing-cards_b_1308060.html

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      Creator David Beaudette on March 1, 2012

      Your site is a great place for people to help people & in this day and age that is exactly what we need.

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      Creator Tybee Muffin Lover on March 5, 2012

      The owner/editor of the Tybee Breeze (the only printed publication focusing on Tybee Island, GA) posted negative comments on its facebook page, calling KICKSTARTER a "scam" and warning its readers to "Be weary - sounds shady!" Also posted, "That site is crazy!" Several projects have been funded in nearby Savannah, GA and have gotten favorable press in the Savannah Morning News (and at www.savannahnow.com).

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      Creator Tybee Muffin Lover on March 5, 2012

      The Tybee Island KICKSTARTER project for a bakery/cafe shouldn't be controversial. The plan for the Jitterbug is very well-organized, the location is great and the owners have food service and tech experience. It would be an asset to the community.

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      Creator Remas Haytham on February 7

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