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Weekly newspaper and online news outlet Triad City Beat is only six months old but ready to grow into the next phase.
210 backers pledged $11,200 to help bring this project to life.

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WE REACHED OUR GOAL! Our deepest thanks to all of our supporters. You can still donate through Friday at 3 p.m., and all additional money raised will go towards the same goals.

Help us buy more outdoor newspaper boxes, bring new voices into the paper, expand cultural coverage and hone in on investigative journalism.

Triad City Beat is an independent, free weekly newspaper. It’s owned and run directly by the journalists and team who work here. We carry the flag for no party or faction, and fiercely defend our editorial independence. Triad City Beat doesn’t shrink from defending LGBT rights, racial diversity and urban sensibility.

We have been working together for years and have received numerous awards for our work, including second place for investigative journalism and first place for editorials in the state last year. People love Triad City Beat because it is authentic and urgent. All killer no filler.

Independent arts coverage. Hard-hitting investigative reporting. Smart opinion writing. Breaking news. That’s what we do.

Jordan Green's daughter Amy Bell, one of our biggest fans.
Jordan Green's daughter Amy Bell, one of our biggest fans.

We are built on the belief that ideas and hustle are worth more than money, but we still need your support to grow. The funds raised with this Kickstarter will allow us to establish an Investigative Journalism Fund, hire freelance writers and buy more distribution boxes to get the paper on the streets. 

Read examples of investigative work about who owns downtown High Point, a freelance cover story by Jonathan Michels about forced sterilization and another article about where money from a Republican fundraiser actually went.

If you’ve enjoyed Triad City Beat since it launched six months ago, we hope you’ll help us build on what we’ve started. Know that your contribution will help keep journalism independent in North Carolina.

Our editorial team (L to R): Eric Ginsburg, Brian Clarey and Jordan Green
Our editorial team (L to R): Eric Ginsburg, Brian Clarey and Jordan Green

(Thanks to Carolyn de Berry for taking most of the photos in our Kickstarter video! Her photos appear in Triad City Beat every week.)

Risks and challenges

The biggest hurdle we anticipate is a potential lag in the amount of time it takes to locate appropriately priced newspaper boxes, qualified freelance writers with solid pitches and determining which investigative projects are worth spending our funding on. These are all tasks we've already accomplished on smaller scales so we're very confident that we'll be able to do it, but it can be difficult to predict the exact timing of all three.

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    The 'Zine Maker:
    We will list the names of everyone who donates at least $5 in an ad that will run in a print version of Triad City Beat!

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    The College Reporter:
    We'll give you a copy of our super secret Insider Food & Drink Guide, a list of our food writers' favorite restaurants, meals and beverages across the Triad.

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    The Intern:
    Pie us in the face. That's right — you can come to our office (at a planned time, of course) and pie Brian, Jordan or Eric in the face. You pick. And you can film it.

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    The Freelancer:
    Snag one of the only remaining copies of Jordan Green's 1997 literary anthology he edited and published. There are only 25 remaining!

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    The Factchecker:
    Receive a signed copy of Editor-in-Chief Brian Clarey's book "The Anxious Hipster."

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    The Cub Reporter:
    You'll be one of the only people with a Triad City Beat t-shirt! Designed by Art Director Jorge Maturino.

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    The Cops/Courts Reporter:
    You'll secure a seat in an Investigative Journalism 101 class taught by our editors. It will cover public-records requests, court records, corporate ownership, property searches, campaign finance reports and more.

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    The Film Critic:
    Receive a limited edition copy of a Triad City Beat poster by Art Director Jorge Maturino. There will be a few options to choose from.

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    The Food Writer:
    Tag along with Eric Ginsburg or Brian Clarey when they go out to review a restaurant. If you want, we'll even mention you in the subsequent article! ($60 covers your meal as well)

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    The Sports Writer:
    You'll be entitled to an exclusive tour of the Triad City Beat office a chance to sit in on our editorial meeting.

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    The Rock Journo:
    You'll get an hour of our time, in which Editor-in-Chief Brian Clarey can give you a one-on-one feature writing lesson, 26-year old Associate Editor Eric Ginsburg can write your online dating profile or Managing Editor Jordan Green can copy-edit your resume.

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    The Film Critic:
    We will read up to 20 pages your screenplay, manuscript, autobiography, business plan, etc. and give you truly honest feedback.
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    Art Director Jorge Maturino will design your company/organization's logo.

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    The Metro Columnist:
    Join our editorial team for arguably the best home-cooked meal you've ever had, prepared by TCB Publisher Allen Broach. Private dinner on the one-year anniversary of our launch, held in the Triad.

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    The Senior Correspondent:
    We'll give you a quarter page of the paper for one week to put in anything you want (within reason TBD by us).

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    The Editor-In-Chief:
    Editors Jordan Green, Eric Ginsburg and/or Brian Clarey will come speak to your organization, class or company about any aspect of journalism or starting a business. Maximum distance = three-hour drive from Greensboro, NC.

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    The Gonzo Journalist:
    You'll get a full page in the print issue of the paper to put anything you want (within reason). A happy birthday wish, your face, a marriage proposal, a business ad, etc.

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    The Muckraker:
    Art Director Jorge Maturino will draw whatever you want (within reason) and we will print it on the back cover of our paper and send you the original piece of art framed. Also claim any two other rewards valued at $100 or less..

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    The Long-Form Master:
    We will investigate, to the absolute fullest of our ability, whatever you want. Whether it is a conspiracy theory, search for a birth parent, cheating spouse, etc., we'll put a highly skilled team on it. If you want, we'll write about what we find. Be it investigating a possible wrongful conviction, hunting for Sasquatch, doing campaign opposition research or just uncovering your family tree, we're the team you want. (US only.)

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- (30 days)