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UK investigative outlets have crowdfunded £40k to fight lawsuit

TBIJ and openDemocracy are crowdfunding to help them finance a legal battle designed to silence their public interest reporting on the former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev. The campaign, set up to raise £40,000, met the initial target in just a month with donations coming from 1,200 contributors.

Rozina Breen, editor-in-chief and CEO of TBIJ told “Public interest investigations are essential to a functioning and transparent democracy. We have been humbled and gratified at the phenomenal interest in our crowdfund campaign alongside openDemocracy.”

TBIJ, together with openDemocracy and The Daily Telegraph, published an investigation in February this year alleged Nazarbayev held billions in assets in a UK-registered company, Jusan Technologies, with just one employee. The Nazarbayev Fund and Jusan Technologies claim the article is inaccurate and defamatory.

What publishers can learn from the creator economy

The creator economy is estimated to be a $104 billion market with a growth trajectory similar to the gig economy. And, just as the gig economy has transformed the shape of work, the creator economy is impacting the media landscape. Read Damian Radcliffe’s thoughts on how you can cash in.

Are you doing enough to recycle your evergreen content?

Sometime this newsletter is sexy, sometimes just plain practical. Simon Owens has a great piece on what publishers should be doing to regularly resurface older content. There are five rock-solid tips in here to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. And remember, if someone didn’t see it the first time, it’s not a repeat.

Creem has risen: A once-extinct rock magazine is on a quest to make itself vital again

I think we may have mentioned Creem’s resurrection before, but this LA Times profile is a must-read if you care about the pride and the passion that is bringing this iconic magazine back to life. The story starts with a crowdfunded documentary and ends with everyone waiting on issue #2. If you’re a magazine fan, it’s well worth your time.

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