People who donate $550 to Smith’s Kickstarter project will be rewarded with a Gado 2 kit, which includes everything needed to build the machine, and is a pretty generous deal, given that the Gado 2 costs around that much to order. The only piece that’s not included is the scanner. Smith hopes other institutions with limited resources and large archives will use Gado to digitize their collections and make them more widely available. His next “dream collection” is the archives of the Baltimore News-American, which documents the same period from a white, working class perspective. The Gado project has so far been funded by grants from the Abell Foundation and the JHU Sheridan Libraries. Their Kickstarter goal is only $1,000, though they’ve already raised almost double that amount. Smith says this is his second Kickstarter, and after setting a goal that was too high with his first, he didn’t want to “shoot for the moon again and end up with nothing.” (Deadline: April 9, 9:40am)

New this week
Just because a publication starts online doesn’t mean it was intended to stay there, and a few of this week’s newest projects are trying to raise the funds to give their readers a print edition. Atlas, a student magazine at Emerson College, has raised $345 of its $2,000 goal. You can see the layout in its Winter edition on Issuu, a digital publishing platform, and the Kickstarter is to fund their first hard copy. (Deadline: April 11, 5:00pm) Also showing its stuff on Issuu and aimed at students is the “Vice-style, pseudo-gonzo print for San Diego’s college crowd,” a magazine called Brick Road. Complete with a professional-looking design, their own “Page 5 Girl,” a section called “Erotically Neurotic,” and the offer of “$100 cash money” for a Facebook like or share, I’m feeling the success vibes here, even though Brick Road’s only $335 of the way to its $6,000 goal. (Deadline: Apr 21, 2:59am)

Print is also the goal for mom-and-pop hyperlocal news shop The Brentwood Spirit. “We’re not reaching everyone we’d hope to reach with the news in our community,” says cofounder Toni Bowman in her Kickstarter video. “We still have quite a few folks who do not own or use a computer, much less have data access on their phones. We believe offering printed weekly editions of the Brentwood Spirit may be the answer.” The Spirit’s going to need to rally its Missouri community behind it to make its $20,000 goal. As of this writing, Bowman’s only raised $230. (Deadline: April 18, 1:16pm)

The makers of a series of David Lynch documentaries are reaching out to fans of the filmmaker for the money to make a third installment, which will cover Lynch’s early years. There’s lots of enthusiasm for this project: so far it has attracted 800 individual backers. You can check out song and video submissions from fans on this Facebook page, which “have the potential of making it into the actual film if they fit into our story line.” The project has reached its funding almost four times over: From an initial ask of $30,000, the filmmakers are already well over $100,000, and have set a new goal of $150,000. (Deadline: April 11, 4:43pm)

Long shots
Suzette’s Gazette, a “backyard journalism project” for Newberry, Florida (population: 3,100) is the only newspaper in town. But reaching a $10,000 goal seems unlikely. The project hasn’t raised any money yet, and the Kickstarter doesn’t give much to go off of. The accompanying video silently scans the pages of the paper, and the 104 word description, with multiple typos, isn’t very encouraging. (Deadline: May 19, 3:14pm)

Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.