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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Bringing The Believer Home

Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment!  Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.  The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal.  Please enjoy today’s featured project!

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The Believer is heading home. A twelve-time finalist for National Magazine Awards, The Believer was founded in 2003 by Heidi Julavits, Ed Park, and Vendela Vida at McSweeney’s. In 2017, during a challenging time financially, we sold the magazine to the University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV). After UNLV was no longer able to publish it, McSweeney’s re-acquired The Believer, including its archive and assets, in spring 2022.

We are humbled that three individual donors came forward to pay for the purchase of the magazine, as a gift to us. Now, we’re tasked with starting over as The Believer’s publisher, and we’re determined to make this new chapter of the magazine its most resplendent ever. Packed with intelligent commentary, unexpected interviews, offbeat journalism, poems, art, book reviews, and more, The Believer is a nexus of literary culture. Its twentieth anniversary is next year, and we can’t wait to start The Believer’s third decade with you alongside us.

We’re fundraising now to build staff and operations to get The Believer back in print. Magazines rely on a years-long pipeline of stories in progress and regular revenue from ongoing subscribers. We’ll have to hustle—and we’ll need your help—to align our resources and do this, but we’re convinced that our fervent community of writers and readers will stand behind us. We’ll begin with a four-times-per-year publishing schedule, starting with our homecoming issue set for late November 2022. Expect to see everything you’ve loved about the magazine for 19 years, and more.

In addition to those start-up expenses, we’re hoping to raise enough to cover costs to publish the magazine for its first four issues in this new iteration. Supporting us now will allow us to build the infrastructure and subscriber base we’ll need for long term sustainability.

 

As of June 3rd, this project has raised $143,000 of their $275,000 goal. This project has 27 days left to raise the $275,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get a postcard.  For a pledge of $60, you will get a one year subscription.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mcsweeneys/bringing-the-believer-home?

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