A day after Laura and Chris Amico, the couple behind Homicide Watch, announced that the site would go on hiatus while they work on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, the Amicos have launched a $40,000 Kickstarter campaign to keep coverage going.
The Kickstarter money would go into setting up five student reporters to run the site. As I’m writing this, the project has $5,625 donations, putting the Amicos more than one-eighth of the way to their $40,000 goal.
The students would be lead from Massachusetts by the couple, according to Laura Amico, who writes in an email that they could also partner with a news outlet or university.
The donor prizes are a little lacking here: For $500, you get to have lunch with Laura Amico at Harvard, while a whopping $5,000 will get a guest lecture or class from Homicide Watch. But isn’t completist coverage of D.C. homicides its own reward?
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