Unleash the Hounds and Support The Wild Hunt and Independent Pagan Journalism During Our Fall Funding Drive!
“The Wild Hunt blog is a must-read for those interested in news and events dealing with the modern Pagan and Heathen communities – and religion coverage in general.” – M.Z. Hemingway, Get Religion
“…a source for smart commentary on a broad range of news, media, and ideas from a pagan perspective.” – Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power”.
The Wild Hunt is primary destination for those interested in following news relating and of interest to modern Pagan religions and other minority faiths. Founded by Jason Pitzl-Waters in 2004, The Wild Hunt has grown to become one of the most-visited and popular destinations exploring these topics. Recruited to Patheos.com in the Summer of 2011, The Wild Hunt decided to exist as an independent journalitic entity once more in the Summer of 2012. In addition, The Wild Hunt is now expanding into a media outlet with paid contributors and two paid staff members.
To make the dream of an independent Wild Hunt a reality, I need your help!
A New Vision For Pagan Media
While our interconnected community has proliferated with amazing media sources of all kinds, The Wild Hunt still inhabits a unique role and purpose: a mix of original reporting, insightful analysis, and a daily commitment to keeping you informed. Now, we would like do more, and do it in a way that honors the commitment of our community's writers and reporters.
In addition to the reporting of Wild Hunt founder Jason Pitzl-Waters, we will be using the funds raised here to pay two ongoing staff members, and pay for all future guest reporting and editorials, including reports from the Pagan Newswire Collective.
Here's how we'll spend that $6000 dollars:
$1000: Yearly Hosting Fee
$1200: $100 per month for reporter Rynn Fox
$1200: $100 per month for reporter/columnist Heather Greene
$1200: $100 per month to run stories from the Pagan Newswire Collective
$1200: Yearly budget for guest posts from other writers.
$200: Fees and other expenses.
This will, I believe, provide incentive to build better Pagan journalism, help train writers and reporters interested in emulating The Wild Hunt, and allow me (Jason) the time to write more in-depth journalism for our community.
But Jason, why aren't you being paid in this budget? Good question! If we happen to surpass our goal, I will budget a salary for myself, but I'm more concerned with buidling a new model for Pagan media and I'm willing to put my time, energy, and money, where my mouth is. If we succeed here, maybe we can do more, build more, expect more, from our Pagan media outlets.
Why Should I Support The Wild Hunt?
The Wild Hunt has a proven track record stretching over 8 years, and over those years we've become an essential news source and inspired many to create their own media. We've interviewed big-name Pagans like Margot Adler and Starhawk, reported on controversies and inspirational moments that have affected our community deeply, and acted as a watchdog when the mainstream media reports on modern Pagans and other minority faith traditions. However, the commitment, time, and energy needed to make this sustainable can only happen if you are willng to step forward and help us fund it.
Over the years many have said our community has a hard time supporting institutions and services that benefit them. I don't believe that. I think we can come together if something is worthwhile, and goes to the trouble to ask. I believe The Wild Hunt is giving something unique to our community, and I am asking you, please help us make this step into a new reality. Our success won't just be for us, it will be for you, and for those who follow us.
I Don't Have Much Money How Can I Help?
Even if you're flat broke, you can do so much for us!
Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and anywhere else Pagans congregate. Explain to them why The Wild Hunt is important to you, and help spread the word! This only works if everyone pulls together and helps us UNLEASH THE HOUNDS!
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