LiveWire Calgary is creating community-focused, local news content
59

patrons

$468
per month
I'm here. What's next?

Pledge, of course. (Unless you're just kicking tires and seeing how much we've raised. We get it. We'd be curious, too.)

But why should I pledge?

Local news matters to you. (Not a lot of fluff in that answer. Simple. Concise.)

That's not enough. I can get local news anywhere.

Sure you can. But did you ever notice that everyone chases the same thing? Easy, ready made stories from press releases, media availabilities, etc.  So, if you like bouncing between the different news outlets to find the same content, that's cool. You might be getting tired of that.

In a bustling city of 1.3 million people, there's bound to be more great stories.

That's where we come in.

We'll carry some of the big news stories (did you see our awesome Calgary Olympics plebiscite content?) and some of the little ones that go unnoticed, but we'll try to give you something different. Dig a little deeper where we can.

Our focus is on original content.  Stories that you can click around to the other news sites and they just won't have them. Until they follow it, of course. :-)

That's where your dollars go when you support LiveWire Calgary. We pay Calgary journalists to bring you unique Calgary stories you can't find anywhere else.

Your support is critical. It's a monthly commitment (in USD) of $2, $5, $10 or more, for a reliable, trusted new media voice in Calgary. A $10 commitment is just 30 cents per day. We can do this on 1,000 people at $10. Or, 2,000 people at $5. We don't mind if it's 5,000 people at $2 per month.

We'll be there when you need us. In the between time, we'll find and deliver stories that give you a better understanding and appreciation for our great city. 


Our focus


1. Tell great stories. Tell the small stories.

We’ve found that old habits die hard. This is a full-time job for us. We’re not going to stop providing some of the “news of the day” as we call it. We can still give you a quick update on major crime events or city announcements. But our true focus is to drill down in the community and tell granular stories about important issues and real people. Our resources are focused on original content. Your Patreon pledge goes to fund content that tells the small stories in the city you won’t find anywhere else. These small stories paint Calgary’s bigger picture.

2.
We’re not chasing web hits

We’ve decided against daily web hit targets. We’ve decided against daily story quotas. It seems counter-intuitive for an online news source, doesn’t it? Well, we don’t want to chase low-hanging fruit. Will we post important breaking news? Of course! We’re here to keep you informed. The underlying principle in our approach is to dedicate the majority of our resources to creating original, thoughtful content. If we stay focused on that, the clicks will take care of themselves.

We look at it this way: If there’s 300,000 Calgary news consumers and eight media outlets all chasing the same story, they’re splitting that audience. We’d prefer to be the divergent one and find stories that give us those 300,000 readers all to ourselves.

If you haven’t heard much from us for a day or two, it’s because we’re putting something together worthy of your time. Imagine that – consistent AND thoughtful news content!

3.
Project Flashlight

We want to shine our flashlight on unexplored parts of the city. We want to look at things other media outlets don’t have the time, inclination or manpower to look into. We want to answer questions that largely go unanswered. We’re taking a measured approach, increasing our coverage gradually, providing Calgary writers with the chance to tell the city’s stories – and make a decent wage.

That’s where you come in – All Patreon funds up to at least the first $2,500 will be dedicated to paying journalists for original stories. It’s all about the content. Heck, we’ll keep it all for journalism up to $10,000 if we can deliver a viable revenue model over and above Patreon to manage operating expenses.


Our Vision

Our long term plan is to build a new daily news organization for Calgary from the ground up. We envision a diverse team of reporters making competitive wages, chasing traditional and non-traditional beats. We envision a lean, agile organization that can quickly adapt to Calgarians’ needs.
Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Access to patron-only feed 
Supporter
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 


Believer
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper (trust us when we say these things are VERY handy)
Local news warrior
$15 or more per month 1 patron
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • LiveWire Calgary toque
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)


Community News Founder
$50 or more per month 1 patron
  • Access to patron-only feed  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
  • Will be listed on the LiveWire Calgary 'Who are we' web page as a Founding Donor as long as the site exists, even beyond the Patreon campaign
  • Recognized as a founder in the credits on any video or audio production from LiveWire Calgary
Goals
$468 of $500 per month
This will allow 1 story done by a freelance journalist each week. No operational cash.
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I'm here. What's next?

Pledge, of course. (Unless you're just kicking tires and seeing how much we've raised. We get it. We'd be curious, too.)

But why should I pledge?

Local news matters to you. (Not a lot of fluff in that answer. Simple. Concise.)

That's not enough. I can get local news anywhere.

Sure you can. But did you ever notice that everyone chases the same thing? Easy, ready made stories from press releases, media availabilities, etc.  So, if you like bouncing between the different news outlets to find the same content, that's cool. You might be getting tired of that.

In a bustling city of 1.3 million people, there's bound to be more great stories.

That's where we come in.

We'll carry some of the big news stories (did you see our awesome Calgary Olympics plebiscite content?) and some of the little ones that go unnoticed, but we'll try to give you something different. Dig a little deeper where we can.

Our focus is on original content.  Stories that you can click around to the other news sites and they just won't have them. Until they follow it, of course. :-)

That's where your dollars go when you support LiveWire Calgary. We pay Calgary journalists to bring you unique Calgary stories you can't find anywhere else.

Your support is critical. It's a monthly commitment (in USD) of $2, $5, $10 or more, for a reliable, trusted new media voice in Calgary. A $10 commitment is just 30 cents per day. We can do this on 1,000 people at $10. Or, 2,000 people at $5. We don't mind if it's 5,000 people at $2 per month.

We'll be there when you need us. In the between time, we'll find and deliver stories that give you a better understanding and appreciation for our great city. 


Our focus


1. Tell great stories. Tell the small stories.

We’ve found that old habits die hard. This is a full-time job for us. We’re not going to stop providing some of the “news of the day” as we call it. We can still give you a quick update on major crime events or city announcements. But our true focus is to drill down in the community and tell granular stories about important issues and real people. Our resources are focused on original content. Your Patreon pledge goes to fund content that tells the small stories in the city you won’t find anywhere else. These small stories paint Calgary’s bigger picture.

2.
We’re not chasing web hits

We’ve decided against daily web hit targets. We’ve decided against daily story quotas. It seems counter-intuitive for an online news source, doesn’t it? Well, we don’t want to chase low-hanging fruit. Will we post important breaking news? Of course! We’re here to keep you informed. The underlying principle in our approach is to dedicate the majority of our resources to creating original, thoughtful content. If we stay focused on that, the clicks will take care of themselves.

We look at it this way: If there’s 300,000 Calgary news consumers and eight media outlets all chasing the same story, they’re splitting that audience. We’d prefer to be the divergent one and find stories that give us those 300,000 readers all to ourselves.

If you haven’t heard much from us for a day or two, it’s because we’re putting something together worthy of your time. Imagine that – consistent AND thoughtful news content!

3.
Project Flashlight

We want to shine our flashlight on unexplored parts of the city. We want to look at things other media outlets don’t have the time, inclination or manpower to look into. We want to answer questions that largely go unanswered. We’re taking a measured approach, increasing our coverage gradually, providing Calgary writers with the chance to tell the city’s stories – and make a decent wage.

That’s where you come in – All Patreon funds up to at least the first $2,500 will be dedicated to paying journalists for original stories. It’s all about the content. Heck, we’ll keep it all for journalism up to $10,000 if we can deliver a viable revenue model over and above Patreon to manage operating expenses.


Our Vision

Our long term plan is to build a new daily news organization for Calgary from the ground up. We envision a diverse team of reporters making competitive wages, chasing traditional and non-traditional beats. We envision a lean, agile organization that can quickly adapt to Calgarians’ needs.

Recent posts by LiveWire Calgary

Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Access to patron-only feed 
Supporter
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 


Believer
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper (trust us when we say these things are VERY handy)
Local news warrior
$15 or more per month 1 patron
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • LiveWire Calgary toque
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)


Community News Founder
$50 or more per month 1 patron
  • Access to patron-only feed  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
  • Will be listed on the LiveWire Calgary 'Who are we' web page as a Founding Donor as long as the site exists, even beyond the Patreon campaign
  • Recognized as a founder in the credits on any video or audio production from LiveWire Calgary