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On Crowdfunding and Patronage in Service Journalism

Photo by Filip Mishevski on Unsplash

“I’m not your patron. I’m a fellow-American who’s paying you money to find out what the truth is. That’s a very different sort of thing.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.”

When someone gives another person money, often there is an expectation of conditions being attached. One’s patron can feel entitled to dictate what you do with the…

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