You may already know I am a member of radiobubble community focusing my efforts on the News section. Radiobubble has launched a crowdfunding campaign, to raise money that would help sustain all its activities. I won’t be going through on how brilliant we are or what a great cause this is for you to support. There are hundreds of amazing projects and you can check for yourself what we are doing here. I’d like to answer in a straightforward manner the (fair) question raised in the back of your mind: “what’s in it for me?”
1. Radiobubble reports news on twitter from below, this means from you!
The #rbnews was introduced in 2011 and became the 2nd most popular hashtag in Greece for 2012 thanks to an increasing network of users and supporters. To make sure what is spread is also true, a bunch of volunteers is doing fact-checking on a daily basis, encouraging people to view a feed of verified tweets on the website. Rumors such as “protester fatally injured during the demo” can easily sperad online like wildfire, if not managed properly. Radiobubble invites you to become part of a larger community and give your input on the daily news reporting in a coordinated manner.
2. Radiobubble appeals to “readers”, “listeners” and “active citizens”. Not consumers.
If that was not the case, we’d pitch for a lucrative sponsor and face the risk of having our content compromised. This is one of the main factors why mainstream media have lost credibility, are constantly in the rush to get ahead of the rivals…in the name of “page views” but at the expense of accuracy.
It makes sense then why your contribution is a great factor in keeping our work independent. Thus when you go through our research projects, you know they are not distorted serving “controversial” interests. You have also access to under-reported news as we are free from the immense pressure of censorship “from above”.
3. Your small contribution is a part of a larger a change!
Social media and blogs have undoubtedly shaped political debate, mainstream journalism and society. Radiobubble community is part of this process. It brings the ignored stories into wider media attention thus making an impact on the dynamics “above”. Stories such as the grassroots movement against gold mining operations in Skouries, the police brutality on antifascists & immigrants, the revolutionaries of Taksim Square and Gezi Park to name a few. Become part of it!
Any amount you can provide would be highly appreciated, so many thanks in advance for your support