392%

funded

US$75,318

backed of US$19,200 goal

Funded

on 8 June 2015

Launched: 10 May 2015

Funding ends: 8 Jun 2015

The Hong Kong Free Press team is grateful for the unprecedented, record-breaking response to our campaign. Today, we renew our crowdfunding project, setting a new target of HK$500,000.

Our first target was set to sustain HKFP throughout our two-month start-up period with minimal staff. Further contributions strengthen our independence, bolster our capacity to provide breaking news and will allow us to employ an extra reporter as we move towards sustainability.

Please continue to share our project over the final fortnight and many thanks to all who have supported us so far!


 

Do you believe Hong Kong needs a new English language news source? Launching in June, Hong Kong Free Press is an independent news outlet seeking to unite critical voices at a vital time in the city's constitutional development.

Through our links with Chinese media partners, HKFP strives to bridge the language barrier and raise local and global understanding of Hong Kong issues in the post-Occupy era. Our launch is well-timed, coming amid rising concerns over the decline of press freedom in the territory.

 

A much-needed voice:

With a fast, visual, multimedia design, HKFP will launch with a focus on local breaking news, showcasing translated and viral content while providing a direct platform to expert progressive voices, citizen contributors and advocacy groups.

As a not-for-profit business, HKFP will become more sustainable over time with multiple revenue streams. As we grow, we aim to provide more comment and analysis, investigative journalism, regional coverage and explainers.

 

Why now?

Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Federation of JournalistsHong Kong Journalists Association and Pen America have all reported on the recent decline of press freedom in Hong Kong. With attacks on journalists, advertisers withdrawing from media critical of the establishment along with the existential pressures facing the wider industry, it is ever more vital that the territory has an independent platform for critical voices to be heard. 

In addition to highlighting the lack of plurality in the local media landscape, the Umbrella Movement protests exposed a gap between the Chinese and English media. Some stories, themes and angles featured in the Chinese media were missed or ignored by the English press – other stories took days to be reported on.

 

Purpose of crowdfunding and how will the funds be used:

We are seeking to raise HK$150,000 to

  • Complete our website and populate it with content ready for launch.
  • Create a mobile news app for iPhone and Android.  
  • Sustain two frontline reporters for two months to oversee our launch period.

Every HK$50,000 over our target will help sustain us for one extra month.

 

Execution Plan 
May-June : Crowdfunding 
Late June : Official launch of Hong Kong Free Press 

 

Background of project owner

Tom Grundy is the founder and co-director of Hong Kong Free Press. His team consists of: 

 

You may find out more about him here: http://tomgrundy.org/tom-grundy

Tom Grundy
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Tom Grundy

HK$200

(approximately US$26*)

  • A permanent note of thanks on our website as a founding contributor (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).

Estimated Delivery: Jun 2015
137 Backers

HK$500

(approximately US$64*)

  • A 'Bronze Patron' note of thanks (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded pen.
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded badge.
  • A free Hong Kong Free Press mobile news app when it is complete (normally a paid-for Android/iPhone app).

International delivery +HK$60
Estimated Delivery: Aug 2015
202 Backers

HK$1,000

(approximately US$128*)

  • A 'Silver Patron' note of thanks (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded pen, badge and free mobile news app when it is complete (normally a paid-for Android/iPhone app).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded tote bag.

Estimated Delivery: Aug 2015
124 Backers

HK$5,000

(approximately US$640*)

  • A 'Gold Patron' note of thanks (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded pen, badge, tote bag and free news app when it is complete (normally a paid-for Android/iPhone app).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded mug.
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded t-shirt.

International delivery +HK$100
Estimated Delivery: Aug 2015
15 Backers

HK$10,000

(approximately US$1,280*)

  • A 'Platinum Patron' note of thanks (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded pen, badge, tote bag, mug, t-shirt and free news app when it is complete (normally a paid-for Android/iPhone app).
  • Drinks with the Hong Kong Free Press team.

International delivery +HK$100
Estimated Delivery: Aug 2015
3 Backers

HK$50,000

(approximately US$6,400*)

  • A 'Diamond Patron' note of thanks (Optional. Please write the name you'd like to appear in the comment section when you back this project).
  • A Hong Kong Free Press branded pen, badge, tote bag, mug, t-shirt and free news app when it is complete (normally a paid-for Android/iPhone app).
  • Drinks with the Hong Kong Free Press team and dinner with the directors.

International delivery +HK$100
Estimated Delivery: Jul 2015
0 Backers

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