Children’s newspaper Crinkling News has turned to crowdfunding to raise money to continue publishing.
The masthead aims to raise $200 000 in the next week after seed funding ran out. Without the support of the public, the newspaper will publish its last edition next week.
Former Fairfax Media editor and university lecturer Peter Fray joined the board of Crinkling News earlier this year. In an opinion piece published in Crikey last week, he pleaded the case as to why the paper was a critical part of the media sphere.
“I’m gutted by the thought of Crinkling‘s closure. I am willing to accept that legacy media needs to change… but I am simply not prepared to accept that our kids should grow up media-illiterate.”
Crinkling News was launched in April last year as the country’s only children’s newspaper. Founded by former Fairfax journalist Saffron Howden and designer Remi Bianchi, the publication made strides in its first year, reaching almost 10 per cent of Australian schools and joining the Australian Press Council.
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