Jeff Epstein is creating Citizens' Media TV
10

patrons

$59
per month
When Citizens' Media TV started a year and a half ago, our goal was to cover the stories being ignored – no, not ignored, suppressed and twisted – by traditional, mainstream media: those of, by, and for, the powerless. Our tagline became “ Journalism for the ignored.“

Citizens’ Media TV‘s first big story was to cover the 2016 Democratic National Convention from the point of view of Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters. Our coverage had 400,000 views with 1.4 million people seeing it in their feed ("reached"). We could not have done this – or much of what we do – without the enormous assistance and support of our co-founder, Adryenn Ashley. (The full story of how Citizens’ Media TV came to be is at the bottom of this post.)

Citizens’ Media TV has since livestreamed events in Maryland, Washington DC, Arkansas, Nevada, Washington State, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, and throughout New Jersey. One of our correspondents traveled to Standing Rock, North Dakota and captured the magical day when President Obama revoked the final #NoDAPL permit. We have covered many Trump-related events, including the inauguration, Women's March, two airport immigration protests and the White House Muslim-ban protest.

More recently:

Here are the things in particular that we are most proud of:
  • Despite our openly and strongly supporting the views of Bernie Sanders, we make a big effort to talk with those who disagree with us. We have so far covered three Trump-supporter rallies and they continue to invite us back for more.
  • We are the only media outlet that chooses to stay with those shut out of supposedly public meetings, for hours at a time, such as related to the Pinelands pipeline and at a Republican town hall .
  • Our coverage is always respectful and solidly sourced. Although the truth may tear people down, we will never go beyond that.

If you value our coverage, then we need your financial assistance in order to continue. What’s most important is that we do this in a way that does not compromise our integrity. That’s where you come in. We have now worked for a year-and-a-half on an almost exclusively-volunteer basis. We hope that what we have accomplished demonstrates that we are ready for this, and that your money will go towards good work and a greater purpose.

Please consider becoming a patron.

(For obvious reasons, some contributors may want to stay anonymous. Here are instructions on how to contribute anonymously.)

How Citizens’ Media TV came to be


This section comes from this article.

The Nevada State Democratic Convention is the reason Citizens' Media TV exists. Adryenn Ashley and I met because I was watching her live broadcasts that day, that she and other state delegates were filming at the convention. Adryenn has a large following on Facebook and Twitter, and she shared her own (and everyone else's) livestreams to millions of people. She is a major reason that the rumors of violence and vandalism of that day did not take hold as strongly as they could have. She filmed the chair being lifted (it occurs at around 4min:30secs). It is her footage that John Ralston tried to twist into violence. Not only did she broadcast that day, she continued reporting on the event, using the raw footage as evidence to tell the truth.

After witnessing how powerfully Adryenn used social media, I contacted her to see if we could take what she did that day to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Myself and a handful of other correspondents both in (Bernie Sanders delegates) and out (supporters and protestors) of the convention hall did the reporting with Facebook Live-streams, and she, from her home in Nevada, personally assisted all of us. She again used her reach to show the world what really happened, from our points of view. Not the narrative. Our coverage reached 1.4 million people, including just under 400,000 direct views.
Rewards
Thank you
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Every little bit makes things easier. Thank you for supporting our efforts.
Business cards, prioritized letters to the editor
$3 or more per month 1 patron
After one month, if you provide us with your mailing address, we will send you ten Citizens’ Media TV business cards in the mail.


Your letters to the editor will be given a higher priority. You can mail your letters to [email protected]

Early previews
$5 or more per month 1 patron
In addition to the above:


You will get early previews of some articles.


You will receive a t-shirt after twelve months.

Extra early previews, personalized editing of letters
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You will receive extra early previews of some longer-term projects and articles that we’re working on.


You will receive a Citizens’ Media TV t-shirt after six months.


For those who write letters to the editor I personally copy edit your writing (only if you wish and explicitly request it). You will be provided with a list of suggestions on improving its Readability and content. You are free to take or leave each of these suggestions as you wish. (No hard feelings! Genuinely. Even if you choose not to take a single suggestion, your letter will still be printed. That’s the life of a copy editor.) 


These suggestions will be delivered to you in either an annotated PDF or via Google Docs. This service can be used about once a month. Donating at higher levels will allow you to use this service more often.

Personalized public-records (OPRA) request assistance
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
In addition to the above:


We will personally assist you in requesting public documents via OPRA requests (perhaps a couple times a month). 


You will receive a t-shirt after three months.

Custom video edits and CMTV t-shirt
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


We will edit any portion out of a full-length video at your request (perhaps a couple times a year). 


You will receive a t-shirt after two months.

More frequent custom assistance and CMTV t-shirt
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


You can request custom video edits and personal OPRA support more frequently.

At your disposal
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


Once a year, we will be at your disposal for some custom work. This can be covering an event, writing about a topic, editing a video, or interviewing an interesting person (maybe you?). We will cover it in a way that is truthful and ethical, but (as long as it is somewhat related to the topics we cover!) you can give us the starting point.

Goals
$59 of $100 per month
The first month we earn $100, it will be given directly to our long-volunteer and wonderfully-brutal copy editor.

After that, this will go towards paying bills such as:
  • Unlimited cell service, so we can live stream whenever and for however long as is necessary.
  • Pay for online services, subscriptions, and tools, such as:monthly service to the prominent local newspaper print $13 a month!), background check services, and online archives for legal documents and historical newspapers.
  • Support the continual maintenance of critical online tools such as journalistic tools like Jersey Leaks and OPRA machine
  •  Pay for our yearly membership to groups such as New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG)
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When Citizens' Media TV started a year and a half ago, our goal was to cover the stories being ignored – no, not ignored, suppressed and twisted – by traditional, mainstream media: those of, by, and for, the powerless. Our tagline became “ Journalism for the ignored.“

Citizens’ Media TV‘s first big story was to cover the 2016 Democratic National Convention from the point of view of Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters. Our coverage had 400,000 views with 1.4 million people seeing it in their feed ("reached"). We could not have done this – or much of what we do – without the enormous assistance and support of our co-founder, Adryenn Ashley. (The full story of how Citizens’ Media TV came to be is at the bottom of this post.)

Citizens’ Media TV has since livestreamed events in Maryland, Washington DC, Arkansas, Nevada, Washington State, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, and throughout New Jersey. One of our correspondents traveled to Standing Rock, North Dakota and captured the magical day when President Obama revoked the final #NoDAPL permit. We have covered many Trump-related events, including the inauguration, Women's March, two airport immigration protests and the White House Muslim-ban protest.

More recently:

Here are the things in particular that we are most proud of:
  • Despite our openly and strongly supporting the views of Bernie Sanders, we make a big effort to talk with those who disagree with us. We have so far covered three Trump-supporter rallies and they continue to invite us back for more.
  • We are the only media outlet that chooses to stay with those shut out of supposedly public meetings, for hours at a time, such as related to the Pinelands pipeline and at a Republican town hall .
  • Our coverage is always respectful and solidly sourced. Although the truth may tear people down, we will never go beyond that.

If you value our coverage, then we need your financial assistance in order to continue. What’s most important is that we do this in a way that does not compromise our integrity. That’s where you come in. We have now worked for a year-and-a-half on an almost exclusively-volunteer basis. We hope that what we have accomplished demonstrates that we are ready for this, and that your money will go towards good work and a greater purpose.

Please consider becoming a patron.

(For obvious reasons, some contributors may want to stay anonymous. Here are instructions on how to contribute anonymously.)

How Citizens’ Media TV came to be


This section comes from this article.

The Nevada State Democratic Convention is the reason Citizens' Media TV exists. Adryenn Ashley and I met because I was watching her live broadcasts that day, that she and other state delegates were filming at the convention. Adryenn has a large following on Facebook and Twitter, and she shared her own (and everyone else's) livestreams to millions of people. She is a major reason that the rumors of violence and vandalism of that day did not take hold as strongly as they could have. She filmed the chair being lifted (it occurs at around 4min:30secs). It is her footage that John Ralston tried to twist into violence. Not only did she broadcast that day, she continued reporting on the event, using the raw footage as evidence to tell the truth.

After witnessing how powerfully Adryenn used social media, I contacted her to see if we could take what she did that day to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Myself and a handful of other correspondents both in (Bernie Sanders delegates) and out (supporters and protestors) of the convention hall did the reporting with Facebook Live-streams, and she, from her home in Nevada, personally assisted all of us. She again used her reach to show the world what really happened, from our points of view. Not the narrative. Our coverage reached 1.4 million people, including just under 400,000 direct views.

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Rewards
Thank you
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Every little bit makes things easier. Thank you for supporting our efforts.
Business cards, prioritized letters to the editor
$3 or more per month 1 patron
After one month, if you provide us with your mailing address, we will send you ten Citizens’ Media TV business cards in the mail.


Your letters to the editor will be given a higher priority. You can mail your letters to [email protected]

Early previews
$5 or more per month 1 patron
In addition to the above:


You will get early previews of some articles.


You will receive a t-shirt after twelve months.

Extra early previews, personalized editing of letters
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You will receive extra early previews of some longer-term projects and articles that we’re working on.


You will receive a Citizens’ Media TV t-shirt after six months.


For those who write letters to the editor I personally copy edit your writing (only if you wish and explicitly request it). You will be provided with a list of suggestions on improving its Readability and content. You are free to take or leave each of these suggestions as you wish. (No hard feelings! Genuinely. Even if you choose not to take a single suggestion, your letter will still be printed. That’s the life of a copy editor.) 


These suggestions will be delivered to you in either an annotated PDF or via Google Docs. This service can be used about once a month. Donating at higher levels will allow you to use this service more often.

Personalized public-records (OPRA) request assistance
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
In addition to the above:


We will personally assist you in requesting public documents via OPRA requests (perhaps a couple times a month). 


You will receive a t-shirt after three months.

Custom video edits and CMTV t-shirt
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


We will edit any portion out of a full-length video at your request (perhaps a couple times a year). 


You will receive a t-shirt after two months.

More frequent custom assistance and CMTV t-shirt
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


You can request custom video edits and personal OPRA support more frequently.

At your disposal
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the above:


Once a year, we will be at your disposal for some custom work. This can be covering an event, writing about a topic, editing a video, or interviewing an interesting person (maybe you?). We will cover it in a way that is truthful and ethical, but (as long as it is somewhat related to the topics we cover!) you can give us the starting point.