LiveWire Calgary is creating a news media organization
46

patrons

$389
per month
What an exciting three months of operation it's been at LiveWire Calgary!

We've had nearly 14,000 unique visitors with nearly 25,000 page views in just three months and the great news is our traffic is building. We're committed to delivering community-focused news that matters to readers. I think that's why we've found success! See below for some of the amazing accomplishments we've had so far.

While we're building and growing, Patreon is our primary lifeline - it's how we fund the journalism you see on our site. We're working hard to build revenue streams, so someday soon we WON'T need Patreon. But that's why making your pledge right now is critical.

My name is Darren Krause. I'm the former Managing Editor of Metro Calgary newspaper (now The Star Calgary), and in my 10+ years at the helm of one of Canada's most successful daily newspapers what sticks with me most is how delivering readers unique, relevant content, largely ignored by other media, has such an impact on the community.

That's what I'm committed to doing now. At LiveWire Calgary, we want to find, create and deliver daily stories that best reflect and inform our community of 1.3 million people (and growing). And in our model, the community is going to play a big role in delivering that content - mixed with content by journalists from across the city.  By the community, for the community and about our community.

Here are some of the great things that have happened in the past three months:

  • Former Metro senior reporter Brodie Thomas joined the team (Woooo!)
  • We've launched a monthly 30-minute news program in partnership with CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary. 
  • Common Ground YYC podcast with Josh White in production with debut episode available Sept. 4. 
  • This Too Shall Dance podcast with Norah Wardell launched in early August - covering Calgary's huge artistic dance scene
  • Grown our Community Contributors to 5! (We're always looking for more!)
  • Grown our Twitter following to 909 - and we're going to hit 1,000 before long. 
  • Grown our Facebook likes to more than 150
  • Grown our Instagram account to 50 followers

We're committed to building a better community one story at a time. We want YOU to join us!

Make your pledge right here. Take the leap and feel good about supporting local daily news journalism that matters!
Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 11 patrons
Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)
Supporter
$5 or more per month 17 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)


Believer
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories) 

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

Local news warrior
$15 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)  

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 6 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories) 

- Participate in content polls (have your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

- Access to partner contests (tickets, passes, giveaways, when they come up)

Community News Founder
$50 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)  

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

- Access to partner contests (tickets, passes, giveaways, when they come up)

- 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
$389 of $500 per month
This will allow 1 story done by a freelance journalist each week. No operational cash.
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What an exciting three months of operation it's been at LiveWire Calgary!

We've had nearly 14,000 unique visitors with nearly 25,000 page views in just three months and the great news is our traffic is building. We're committed to delivering community-focused news that matters to readers. I think that's why we've found success! See below for some of the amazing accomplishments we've had so far.

While we're building and growing, Patreon is our primary lifeline - it's how we fund the journalism you see on our site. We're working hard to build revenue streams, so someday soon we WON'T need Patreon. But that's why making your pledge right now is critical.

My name is Darren Krause. I'm the former Managing Editor of Metro Calgary newspaper (now The Star Calgary), and in my 10+ years at the helm of one of Canada's most successful daily newspapers what sticks with me most is how delivering readers unique, relevant content, largely ignored by other media, has such an impact on the community.

That's what I'm committed to doing now. At LiveWire Calgary, we want to find, create and deliver daily stories that best reflect and inform our community of 1.3 million people (and growing). And in our model, the community is going to play a big role in delivering that content - mixed with content by journalists from across the city.  By the community, for the community and about our community.

Here are some of the great things that have happened in the past three months:

  • Former Metro senior reporter Brodie Thomas joined the team (Woooo!)
  • We've launched a monthly 30-minute news program in partnership with CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary. 
  • Common Ground YYC podcast with Josh White in production with debut episode available Sept. 4. 
  • This Too Shall Dance podcast with Norah Wardell launched in early August - covering Calgary's huge artistic dance scene
  • Grown our Community Contributors to 5! (We're always looking for more!)
  • Grown our Twitter following to 909 - and we're going to hit 1,000 before long. 
  • Grown our Facebook likes to more than 150
  • Grown our Instagram account to 50 followers

We're committed to building a better community one story at a time. We want YOU to join us!

Make your pledge right here. Take the leap and feel good about supporting local daily news journalism that matters!

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Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 11 patrons
Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)
Supporter
$5 or more per month 17 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)


Believer
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories) 

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

Local news warrior
$15 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)  

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 6 patrons
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories) 

- Participate in content polls (have your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

- Access to partner contests (tickets, passes, giveaways, when they come up)

Community News Founder
$50 or more per month 1 patron
- Access to patron-only feed (hints on upcoming stories)  

- Participate in content polls (you get your say)

- Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause (I know, fun!)

- Access to 'behind the scenes' content (how stories come together)

- Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)

- Access to partner contests (tickets, passes, giveaways, when they come up)

- 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