#OwnTheMedia - Positive News community shares

by Positive News in London

We did it
On 8th July 2015 we successfully raised £262,922 with 1526 investors in 30 days

Positive News is launching a Community Share Offer. This is your chance to become one of our owners and help change the news for good.

by Positive News in London

We made it with 5 days of overfunding left! Thank you all!


Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve done it, we’ve done it: we now #OwnTheMedia together!

A fantastic 1149 readers, journalists and supporters joined us as co-owners in the past 25 days. Together, you invested £200,000 and helped us reach the target 5 days early. And we’re still going strong, moving towards our ‘stretch goal’ of £250,000 by Wednesday 8 July.

We are overwhelmed not just by your hugely generous support but by the many kind and insightful messages you shared from around the globe via the Crowdfunder page, email, social media, phone, postcards, letters and in person.

When we started the campaign, we listed 10 reasons to invest in Positive News. Little did we realise that over the next 25 days, you would give us hundreds more reasons why you did. Many a time we were touched by what you wrote.

We had readers from 18 to 89 years old sending investments online and via cheque. One reader wrote to say they invested “a chunk of my pension”, and other new co-owners bought shares to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

One of our journalists bought shares on behalf of her soon-to-be-born twins, and yet another reader got them for her husband’s birthday. One reader even decided to buy shares for every volunteer in his organisation so that they can all join our community.

Some readers in Norwich decided to hold a ‘kindness warriors’ meet-up to spread the word about our community share offer. And when we entered our last week, many existing co-owners spontaneously decided to top up their initial investment to get us nearer the target.

Seán Dagan Wood, editor-in-chief of Positive News, said: “To all our new co-owners I want to say a huge and sincere thank you. It is amazing to know that we now have this incredible community at the heart of Positive News, and that you have created the opportunity for Positive News to flourish like never before.

"And it's not even over. I’m excited to see how far we can take this campaign in the remaining five days, and how much more we will then be able to do to give voice to all the inspirational change taking place in the world.”

Stretch goal

If you are as taken aback by this fast progress as we are and haven’t yet invested, there is good news: you can still join! You can invest until Wednesday 8 July 6pm GMT at www.ownthemedia.org.

With 5 more days to go in the crowdfunding campaign, we are now officially in ‘overfunding mode’. Our stretch goal is £250,000 and every pound of investment will be used to develop our content, products and services. You can read more details about our funding plans here.

Our target of £200,000 was the minimum that we calculated we need in order to have a reasonable chance at making a success of our plans for Positive News’ future. But the more we now raise, the more time and resources we can give ourselves to get this right in order to make Positive News financially sustainable and increase our reach and impact.

With additional funding we will be able to allocate more to key needs such as employing core staff and investing in developing our content, website and new magazine. More funding will also mean we have a cushion to help us make ends meet and be resilient to any unexpected circumstances. Please help put us in the best possible starting position we can be!

For now though, let’s take a moment to celebrate. Dear co-owners, wherever in the world you are: here's to our collective future full of positive news. Together, we will change the news for good.

Thank you! 

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Levels of Investment

£50 or more

£50 Investment

FRIEND: 50 shares in Positive News

£100 or more

168 of 200 claimed

£100 Investment

TWEETER: 100 shares in Positive News + a personal tweet of thanks from our editor @seandaganwood

£150 or more

97 of 125 claimed

£150 Investment

SHARER: 150 shares in Positive News + 2 #OwnTheMedia t-shirts (100% organic cotton)

£250 or more

58 of 75 claimed

£250 Investment

CELEBRATOR: 250 shares in Positive News + 1 ticket to our exclusive re-launch party in London!

£500 or more

64 of 75 claimed

£500 Investment

INSPIRER: 500 shares in Positive News + you will be a 'featured owner' in print or online!

£1,000 or more

34 of 35 claimed

£1,000 Investment

COVER STAR: 1000 shares in Positive News + a personalised front page printed on an A2 poster!

£5,000 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£5,000 Investment

BRAIN PICKER: 5000 shares in Positive News + a half day private consultation session with our team about your media or community project (anywhere in the UK)!

£7,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£7,500 Investment

BREAKFASTER: 7500 shares in Positive News + a private breakfast for up to 10 people with our patron Martyn Lewis CBE and editor Seán Dagan Wood, at a highly exclusive London venue!

£10,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£10,000 Investment

GUEST EDITOR: 10,000 shares in Positive News + be our guest editor for one edition! You'll experience the production process and help choose our content.

£15,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£15,000 Investment

COOPERATOR: 15,000 shares in Positive News + guest edit an issue of Positive News + private breakfast with our editor Seán Dagan Wood and patron Martyn Lewis CBE, followed by an exclusive consultancy session with our team about your organisation or project's communications strategy

£20,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£20,000 Investment

HEADLINER: 20,000 shares in Positive News + meet the team at our HQ, receive a private tuition session in constructive journalism or writing, and exclusive dinner with our patron Martyn Lewis CBE and editor Seán Dagan Wood

£75 or more

300 of 300 claimed

£75 Investment

WEARER: 75 shares in Positive News + one #OwnTheMedia T-shirt (100% organic cotton)

£100 or more

100 of 100 claimed

£100 Investment

CLUB OF 100: 100 shares in Positive News + your name highlighted on the special Club of 100 investors list in print and online!

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£125 Investment

TASTER: 125 shares in Positive News + a Divine chocolate tasting kit. **Exclusive reward, only 1 available!**

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£125 Investment

CHEF: 125 shares in Positive News + an organic hamper from Suma Wholefoods. **Exclusive final-day reward, only 1 available!**

£200 or more

48 of 30 claimed

£200 Investment

SURPRISER: 200 shares in Positive News + a secret gift!

£2,500 or more

7 of 7 claimed

£2,500 Investment

LISTENER: 2500 shares in Positive News + a guest lecture by our editor, Seán Dagan Wood (anywhere in the UK)!

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