Crowdfunding travel at Science News

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When Janet Raloff couldn't get her employer to ante up $15,000 for a reporting trip to Antarctica, they turned to Kickstarter and soon raised the needed money via donations. That seems to trouble Paul Raeburn at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker: "Is this a good model for journalism? Should players like Science News step aside and let freelancers and others with smaller budgets take advantage of Kickstarter? Or is this simply a bad idea? I'm not sure what I think."