City Desk

After Meeting Goal, Homicide Watch Will Keep Operating

Chalk it up to the New York Times bump. Homicide Watch, Washington's comprehensive murder coverage site, was facing an imminent shutdown this week, until a Sunday write-up by New York Times media reporter (and ex-Washington City Paper editor) David Carr put the Kickstarter project to keep the site running over its $40,000 goal.

The site's goal was filled primarily by small donations. The average backer gave around $40, which means that all that belly-aching about the Kickstarter's unappealing rewards for big-money donations was beside the point.

Now that the site's funded, founders Laura and Chris Amico, whose move  study journalism at Harvard on a fellowship necessitated the Kickstarter drive, plan to start hiring student reporters soon.

"We are joyful and we are grateful," wrote Laura Amico in a blog post. "We have witnessed incredible generosity, not just of dollars, but of support, effort, and emotion.

Murder photo by Shutterstock

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