Contributions asked for to fund provincial election coverage and, according to editor David Beers, the money equates to double Tyee’s monthly reporting budget.
Beers discusses the campaign’s success in this video interview:
The Tyee has never asked readers directly for money before – though it does have a foundation to fund some reporting, says Tyee.
The response from readers in this instance has exceeded expectation – interesting to note the ‘serious’ nature of the stories being invested in. Readers are empowering journalists, giving them the resources, and telling them where to deploy them and on what issues; they’re not asking for editorial control, adds Beers.
According to a press release from the corporation, the BBC News website is the UK’s most popular online news site, attracting an average weekly audience of 13.8 million (calculated over the period from January – September 2007) – a 20 per cent increase on weekly users since last year’s figures.
The site, says the same release, now serves more than one billion pages a month.