Friends of Muckgers,
With just 7 days and $100 to go, we're quickly approaching the light at the end of the tunnel with this Kickstarter project. We're super excited to wrap things up and get started on the work of producing investigative stories for the Rutgers community, but we wanted to let everyone know about a few important updates first.
-- On Saturday, Shaodi, one of Muckgers' founding editors, left us for a two-month trip to China (it'll be the first time he's been back to the People's Republic since childhood). While his departure was not entirely unexpected, it does throw a small wrench of sorts in our plans for the coming weeks. From now straight on through the end of this Kickstarter's funding period, we'll continue to work hard to prepare the site and ourselves for the start of the impending semester, but actual content production will probably be postponed from our initial goal of mid-July closer to mid-August.
Of course, this is not necessarily bad news -- though we'll lose a few weeks of content production, we'll be using that time hone our aims and continue to build a team of editors and writers, bettering preparing Muckgers for the fall.
-- In case you missed our last update: we have t-shirts! Backers that pledge $15 or more will now receive a custom-made t-shirt featuring the Muckgers logo, to be shipped in September. Sizes come standard, and if you've already pledged more than $15 you'll be getting one too (unless you feel you're already getting enough Muckgers swag). We'll be sending out a survey once the project's funding period ends for sizes and delivery address -- but in the meantime, we've attached a rough concept design of the shirt to give you an idea of what to expect.
-- Thank you, thank you, thank you. We really can't say this enough. We had no idea when we started this project how successful it would be, so we're truly amazed (and humbled) that it's gotten this far. Your support reflects a true hunger for quality, investigative journalism on campus, and we're anxious to get to the work of delivering it.
That being said, we still have a solid 6 days to go. Please continue to do what you can to move Muckgers forward, be it sharing, pledging or telling your friends about the work we're doing. Every little bit counts, and for each additional person we're able to reach the stronger Muckgers becomes in the long term.
The Muckgers Team