LiveWire Calgary is creating community-focused, local news content
65
patrons
$530
per month
Congratulations! You've reached LWC Phase 1!

To reach LWC Phase 2, here's a bit about us.

Brodie and I are two humble journalists who cut our teeth in small town weekly newspapers way back when. That special community feeling stuck with us in our storytelling. We want to deliver that here at LiveWire Calgary. We're journalists who like to tell stories and inform our community - that's it. No gimmicks, no romantic view of what journalism should / could be, just stories. Stories about you, your neighbour, your neigbhourhood, your whole city and the fabric that binds it together. That's community.

Long reads. Short reads. In between reads. All quality reads. And we want more of it. Not less. We believe in value for every penny you pledge. We want to be your full-service Calgary news source. Help us make that happen.

To do that we want Calgary voices telling Calgary stories - and the money you're pledging today goes directly to them. We even stated in our previous post that ALL (yes, all) pledges go to local journalism. It won't go to overhead costs nor in mine or Brodie's pockets. Stories.

All for our city and our communities.

Excellent. On to LWC Phase 3.

There's this thing called a provincial election coming up - probably in April sometime. It matters to Calgarians. To make good voting decisions, people need unbiased information they can trust. Information they can trust to tell the whole story - not just one side's version because it suits one's political affiliations.

To do this right is going to require your help. These stories take time, they take vetting and since it's a finite time leading up to an election, the need is right now.

This election - perhaps more than ever - needs oversight from as many journalists a possible. It could be... let's just say, highly contested. That's why your support is critical.

You're really good at this. LWC Phase 4 should be a breeze.

Here's the six things we pledge to you should you pledge to us:

1. Find and tell stories that you won't see anywhere else
2. Help Calgarians understand their city and its people
3. Build community
4. Hold organizations, individuals to account
5. Provide deeper context when necessary and where possible
6. Remain agenda-free, apolitical and un-biased in our approach to news

We'll carry some of the big news stories 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.

If you've made it this far, you're in uncharted territory. But we got your back. Can you complete LWC Phase 5?

Bottom line: We're local journalists telling local stories. We want more of them, not less. Your pledge is going directly to telling more stories. There's no shortage of Calgarians doing amazing things, and there's no shortage of areas that need more light shone on them. That's our duty and we take it seriously. We're hoping you do too.

Final pitch. This is a Made in Calgary media solution. It's the epitome of local news. Ask the big guys where their head office is. Ask them who's REALLY making the decisions there. That might tell you all you need to know.

Here's how to pledge
 
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. 

Thanks in advance for making a difference in Calgary news media! - Darren Krause, Editor



Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 14 patrons
Access to patron-only feed 
Supporter
$5 or more per month 30 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 3 patrons
  • 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
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 8 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • 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
$530 of $2,500 per month
We've got some flexibility here: We could hire a part time journalist to produce content 3 days a week, OR commission up to 15 freelance pieces per month. (Photo, video, data, FOIPs, court docs - and of course... stories!)

It's all about more stories, more coverage, more value for readers. Remember: We've committed that NO Patreon pledge will go to operational costs. Just journalism.
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Congratulations! You've reached LWC Phase 1!

To reach LWC Phase 2, here's a bit about us.

Brodie and I are two humble journalists who cut our teeth in small town weekly newspapers way back when. That special community feeling stuck with us in our storytelling. We want to deliver that here at LiveWire Calgary. We're journalists who like to tell stories and inform our community - that's it. No gimmicks, no romantic view of what journalism should / could be, just stories. Stories about you, your neighbour, your neigbhourhood, your whole city and the fabric that binds it together. That's community.

Long reads. Short reads. In between reads. All quality reads. And we want more of it. Not less. We believe in value for every penny you pledge. We want to be your full-service Calgary news source. Help us make that happen.

To do that we want Calgary voices telling Calgary stories - and the money you're pledging today goes directly to them. We even stated in our previous post that ALL (yes, all) pledges go to local journalism. It won't go to overhead costs nor in mine or Brodie's pockets. Stories.

All for our city and our communities.

Excellent. On to LWC Phase 3.

There's this thing called a provincial election coming up - probably in April sometime. It matters to Calgarians. To make good voting decisions, people need unbiased information they can trust. Information they can trust to tell the whole story - not just one side's version because it suits one's political affiliations.

To do this right is going to require your help. These stories take time, they take vetting and since it's a finite time leading up to an election, the need is right now.

This election - perhaps more than ever - needs oversight from as many journalists a possible. It could be... let's just say, highly contested. That's why your support is critical.

You're really good at this. LWC Phase 4 should be a breeze.

Here's the six things we pledge to you should you pledge to us:

1. Find and tell stories that you won't see anywhere else
2. Help Calgarians understand their city and its people
3. Build community
4. Hold organizations, individuals to account
5. Provide deeper context when necessary and where possible
6. Remain agenda-free, apolitical and un-biased in our approach to news

We'll carry some of the big news stories 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.

If you've made it this far, you're in uncharted territory. But we got your back. Can you complete LWC Phase 5?

Bottom line: We're local journalists telling local stories. We want more of them, not less. Your pledge is going directly to telling more stories. There's no shortage of Calgarians doing amazing things, and there's no shortage of areas that need more light shone on them. That's our duty and we take it seriously. We're hoping you do too.

Final pitch. This is a Made in Calgary media solution. It's the epitome of local news. Ask the big guys where their head office is. Ask them who's REALLY making the decisions there. That might tell you all you need to know.

Here's how to pledge
 
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. 

Thanks in advance for making a difference in Calgary news media! - Darren Krause, Editor



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Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month 14 patrons
Access to patron-only feed 
Supporter
$5 or more per month 30 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 3 patrons
  • 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
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (paid for by LiveWire Calgary)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month 8 patrons
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • LiveWire Calgary toque 
  • LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • 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