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Popula is an online news, arts and culture magazine with a humanistic, global sensibility, and with nobody to answer to, except you.
We started Popula to show that it’s possible to create a first quality, ad-free publication that can support a small group of journalists and artists responsibly and sustainably. Since we don’t (and we won’t) take ads, we’ll continue to rely on reader support as our main funding.
Popula launched in June 2018; we’ve built up to publishing four to six stories every day, from Sunday to Thursday of each week. We plan to adapt the profit-sharing model of New Directions, the publishing house founded in 1936 by James Laughlin, so that the publication’s ownership is held in trust for the benefit of its employees. We have no investors, and we own the company ourselves; it’s neither growth nor return on investment we’re after: It’s stability.
Popula’s alt-global sensibility is like nothing else on the internet. We’ve brought you stories about demanding in-laws in Lagos, visiting The Museum of J. Stalin’s Underground Printing Press, surreal election ad campaigns in Taipei, and the advisability of eating a mushroom growing in your yard in Richmond, Virginia.
As of January 18th, this project has raised $19,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project has 13 days left to raise the $25,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $5, you will get a haiku reward. For a pledge of $25, you will get a six-month subscription. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/popula/popula-the-alt-global-magazine-of-news-and-culture?