LiveWire Calgary

LiveWire Calgary

is creating local news and podcasts

93

patrons

$635

per month
Awesome - you're here! We've been eagerly anticipating your arrival.

Before we get started, we want to ask:

- Are you happy with the current state of local news media?
- Do you like local news about your community?
- Are you worried about the polarization/bias that's embedded in today's media?
- Are you concerned you're not getting the information presented accurately and with the right context?
- Do the stories reflect you, your family, your interests and things that are important to you?

Tough questions, we know. If quality journalism is to survive, we need to reflect on what's out there today and make some tough choices.

We'll make it easy for you. 

Let us tell you why you should make your pledge to LiveWire Calgary... TODAY.

First off, if you're here the current media has probably left you, well... disappointed. Biased, angry, disconnected from community, they all chase the same thing, etc... we've been inside these places and we understand them all too well.

"When I cancelled my Sunday paper because local news coverage was decreasing I decided to support LiveWire Calgary instead. LiveWire's coverage of local events is unique, unbiased and well written...a great investment!"
- Carolyn Sterenberg, Patreon supporter

Here's how we're different:


1.) Laser-like focus on building community and embracing our differences - not dividing. We're stronger together.
2.) No agenda. No bias. No corporate influence. No virtue signalling. (We thought we'd highlight the whole thing, because this is next to impossible to find these days.)
3.) The only locally-owned daily news in Calgary. #supportlocal - including community news.
4.) Our journalism is crowd-funded. Every pledge you make here goes to local stories and local journalists. Not a penny goes to us.
5.) We're lean and we plan to stay that way. Resources on journalism, not corporate bloat.
6.) Focus on original content you won't find anywhere... (until the CBC does it. They like our stuff.)
7.) Run by journalists. Yes, the people ACTUALLY doing the work.

As you can see, we're pretty focused on what we're providing to you, the reader. That's because you're what's most important to us. And why we need your support.

We've been inside the big media corporations.  We saw where media was going wrong (and still is). It's getting further disconnected from the community it serves and more polarizing each passing day. We want to rebuild that connection and bring Calgary together, not tear it apart.

Why on earth would you start a media venture in this 'journalism is dead' era?


Journalism isn't dead. The traditional news model is - but not necessarily their revenue model. IT'S THEIR PRODUCT. There's a better way to do journalism. We see the same mistakes being made time and time again in the other media corporations.

If you're interested, we can talk with you about them over a coffee. We like good conversations about our industry. 

In the end, however, we do this because we want a better city.

While we produce the bulk of the daily content, we also rely on freelancers to provide more voices and stories about our city. We're pretty dogged reporters, but we can't be everywhere in the city (though we try) so we need those extra voices to help make a difference. And since we try to produce completely unique content - we don't just rehash press releases like the others. We have to actually report. That takes time.

That's where your support comes in. ALL of the Patreon pledges go to local journalists.  We don't take a cent. Eventually these pledges will go to hiring another full time journalist. And then another. Perhaps another. So every bit counts.

The six tenets of LiveWire Calgary


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

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.

Thanks again for dropping in. Come back any time! 

- Darren Krause / Editor



Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month

Access to patron-only feed

Signed up for our weekly email newsletter

Supporter
$5 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for our weekly email newsletter 
  • Participate in content polls 


Believer
$10 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for weekly newsletter   
  • 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
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for weekly newsletter  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (LiveWire Calgary paid event)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Signed up for weekly email newsletter
  • 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
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Signed up for weekly email newsletter 
  • 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
$635 of $2,500 per month
We'll fund a new, full-time journalist in our newsroom. (High fives all around!)

Greater breadth, greather depth and expanding our commitment to the community by adding a new, diverse perspective to the team.
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Awesome - you're here! We've been eagerly anticipating your arrival.

Before we get started, we want to ask:

- Are you happy with the current state of local news media?
- Do you like local news about your community?
- Are you worried about the polarization/bias that's embedded in today's media?
- Are you concerned you're not getting the information presented accurately and with the right context?
- Do the stories reflect you, your family, your interests and things that are important to you?

Tough questions, we know. If quality journalism is to survive, we need to reflect on what's out there today and make some tough choices.

We'll make it easy for you. 

Let us tell you why you should make your pledge to LiveWire Calgary... TODAY.

First off, if you're here the current media has probably left you, well... disappointed. Biased, angry, disconnected from community, they all chase the same thing, etc... we've been inside these places and we understand them all too well.

"When I cancelled my Sunday paper because local news coverage was decreasing I decided to support LiveWire Calgary instead. LiveWire's coverage of local events is unique, unbiased and well written...a great investment!"
- Carolyn Sterenberg, Patreon supporter

Here's how we're different:


1.) Laser-like focus on building community and embracing our differences - not dividing. We're stronger together.
2.) No agenda. No bias. No corporate influence. No virtue signalling. (We thought we'd highlight the whole thing, because this is next to impossible to find these days.)
3.) The only locally-owned daily news in Calgary. #supportlocal - including community news.
4.) Our journalism is crowd-funded. Every pledge you make here goes to local stories and local journalists. Not a penny goes to us.
5.) We're lean and we plan to stay that way. Resources on journalism, not corporate bloat.
6.) Focus on original content you won't find anywhere... (until the CBC does it. They like our stuff.)
7.) Run by journalists. Yes, the people ACTUALLY doing the work.

As you can see, we're pretty focused on what we're providing to you, the reader. That's because you're what's most important to us. And why we need your support.

We've been inside the big media corporations.  We saw where media was going wrong (and still is). It's getting further disconnected from the community it serves and more polarizing each passing day. We want to rebuild that connection and bring Calgary together, not tear it apart.

Why on earth would you start a media venture in this 'journalism is dead' era?


Journalism isn't dead. The traditional news model is - but not necessarily their revenue model. IT'S THEIR PRODUCT. There's a better way to do journalism. We see the same mistakes being made time and time again in the other media corporations.

If you're interested, we can talk with you about them over a coffee. We like good conversations about our industry. 

In the end, however, we do this because we want a better city.

While we produce the bulk of the daily content, we also rely on freelancers to provide more voices and stories about our city. We're pretty dogged reporters, but we can't be everywhere in the city (though we try) so we need those extra voices to help make a difference. And since we try to produce completely unique content - we don't just rehash press releases like the others. We have to actually report. That takes time.

That's where your support comes in. ALL of the Patreon pledges go to local journalists.  We don't take a cent. Eventually these pledges will go to hiring another full time journalist. And then another. Perhaps another. So every bit counts.

The six tenets of LiveWire Calgary


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

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.

Thanks again for dropping in. Come back any time! 

- Darren Krause / Editor



Recent posts by LiveWire Calgary

Tiers
Testing the waters
$2 or more per month

Access to patron-only feed

Signed up for our weekly email newsletter

Supporter
$5 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for our weekly email newsletter 
  • Participate in content polls 


Believer
$10 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for weekly newsletter   
  • 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
  • Access to patron-only feed
  • Signed up for weekly newsletter  
  • Participate in content polls 
  • Grab a coffee with LiveWire Editor, Darren Krause 
  • Your very own LiveWire Calgary cellphone popper
  • Participate in quarterly meet ups to discuss current civic issues (LiveWire Calgary paid event)
Community News Booster
$25 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Signed up for weekly email newsletter
  • 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
  • Access to patron-only feed 
  • Signed up for weekly email newsletter 
  • 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