This week we look at three crowdfunding platforms to help you decide which to use; then we see how an app called Shuffle gives users stories the people around them are reading.

PART 1: Picking a crowdfunding platform

Several online tools have made it easy to ask for money to support any endeavor. We evaluate three such tools — IndieGoGo, Kickstarter and Patreon  — to help you decide which might be right for your journalism-related project.

Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.

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One of the newest entrants into the field is, which launched in mid-April and is reportedly allowing journalists to use the platform for free for the site’s first three months Crowdfunding Journalism Success Tips is a compilation of helpful articles put together by Through the Cracks, a website devoted specifically to information about crowd-supported reporting efforts.

PART 2: Shuffle app

Among the noteworthy features of the algorithmically driven Shuffle news app is an ability to tap a button and see a list of stories being read by other people nearby. We find out how it works from Shuffle Product Development Lead Adam Wojtonis.

Reporting by Gabriel Jefferson.

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The Nieman Journalism Lab offers a detailed explanation of the app’s genesis and approach, which relies on using “both passive and active feedback when prioritizing content.”

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