UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your generous support of Popula!!!
For the last THREE days of our subscription drive, we are adding a Stretch Goal as they are called around here at Kickstarter: a podcast about pets!! Made with proper software, equipment and so on!!
$35,000 Podcasting Goal: If we reach $35,000, Popula will be able to get our podcasting game in order and make not-amateurish podcasts, including a podcast about pets (working title: 'International Beasts.'
Please send your friends who love independent journalism along to help us achieve this goal!! And thank you x one bazillion.
Popula is an online news, arts and culture magazine with a humanistic, global sensibility, and with nobody to answer to, except you.
We started Popula to show that it's possible to create a first quality, ad-free publication that can support a small group of journalists and artists responsibly and sustainably. Since we don't (and we won't) take ads, we'll continue to rely on reader support as our main funding.
Popula launched in June 2018; we've built up to publishing four to six stories every day, from Sunday to Thursday of each week. We plan to adapt the profit-sharing model of New Directions, the publishing house founded in 1936 by James Laughlin, so that the publication's ownership is held in trust for the benefit of its employees. We have no investors, and we own the company ourselves; it's neither growth nor return on investment we're after: It's stability.
You might not be interested in blockchain technology, and you needn't be in order to enjoy Popula. But in case you are, you'll be interested to know that Popula is, we believe, the first U.S. publication in history to archive full articles directly to the Ethereum blockchain, to ensure that our work can never be altered, censored or destroyed. In time, we plan to demonstrate a lot of different ways whereby blockchain technology can protect the quality and integrity of what you read.
Popula's alt-global sensibility is like nothing else on the internet. We've brought you stories about demanding in-laws in Lagos, visiting The Museum of J. Stalin’s Underground Printing Press, surreal election ad campaigns in Taipei, and the advisability of eating a mushroom growing in your yard in Richmond, Virginia.
Trevor Alixopulos and Vanessa Davis, our art editors, brought exquisite comics from artists near and far including Priya Kuriyan, Mimi Pond, Tom Hart, Ahmed Hossam El-Din, Gabrielle Gamboa, Ulli Lust and Ron Regé, Jr.
Lucas Iberico Lozada wrote about the myth of the "good immigrant"; Shuja Haider called the music criticism establishment to account for its neglect of country music scholarship; Aaron Bady, who grew up in West Virginia, revealed the real and unpleasant truth about Joe Manchin. Sophie Haigney explained why crime stories shouldn't be the cop story. Growing up under Moi in Nairobi, Keguro Macharia experienced nationalism in a specifically disturbing way involving milk.
Did you see the late Anthony Bourdain's last long interview? Popula's Maria Bustillos wrote that one, as well as an essay that got people super furious in various directions on the subject of Joan Didion.
"The Movie Assassin" by Popula's Sarah Miller made the entire internet sit up and ask itself what it thought of the 1996 film of The English Patient, movie criticism, and toadying to The Man.
Popula began with a generous grant from the Civil Media Co., but that money won't last forever... So to make sure we can stick around forever, we're asking for your help. And we're offering you many crazy and delightful rewards for doing so!! Please see the various gifts, listed on the right and described below, which you will receive as a thank you for your generous support of Popula.
Mainly, we plan to continue tell the truth and have fun. Thank you for helping us do that and please, tell your friends about Popula.
Risks and challenges
We are trying to stabilize and attract subscribers from our dedicated readership; we operate on a metered paywall, so readers can build up a loyalty to Popula and then subscribe at one of two levels. Our readership is growing, and we have prudent, experienced management and counsel, but our funds are very limited, and monthly income does not yet meet outflows. There is a risk that we may run out before we can reach a steady state.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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