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So long, Contributoria


After two years and 21 issues, Contributoria officially shut down last month. An experiment in crowdfunded journalism, the project worked like a cooperative to support freelance writers. It was funded by Guardian Media Group and run by the same team we previously collaborated with to produce algorithmic newspaper The Long Good Read.

Contributoria lived online and as a beautifully-designed newspaper, created with a custom version of ARTHR. We printed every issue—from the first to the very last one in September, and are sad to say goodbye to a valuable platform for sustainable, collaborative journalism.


The good news is: the content was all dutifully archived and is now public. Co-founder Rev Dan Catt explains in an excellent, reflective essay how he built 'shutdownability' into the project. All 787 articles published through Contributoria are preserved in website, ebook, PDF, and newspaper form, so that "even if the server dies there’ll still be paper archived copies of the best articles around, take that GeoCites!" You can download PDFs or order a print copy of any back issue through The Newsagent.

So long, Contributoria. It's been a pleasure printing with you.

All images courtesy of Michelle Marshall.

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