The Coal Ash Chronicles, a project from independent journalist Rhiannon Fionn, is on Kickstarter to raise the funds for a “nationwide tour of coal ash ponds and dumps,” which will “investigate the various angles of the coal ash issue.” It’s a great idea, with a thorough pitch. She’s even written about the topic before, but I’ve been watching this project for a couple weeks now, and it just doesn’t seem to have the traction to reach its $75,000 goal. I hope I’m wrong. (Deadline: May 7, 6:35pm)

Out of time
Blog Camp is trying to raise the money to “create a reliable source for news relating to today’s digital culture” and has until the wee hours of Sunday morning to reach its modest $600 goal, but with zero dollars raised so far, it’s likely to fail.

Meanwhile, theNewerYork Lit Mag, which publishes “lists, fictional glossaries, internet forums, classified ads, post-cards, love letters, aphorisms, fragments, punctuationless stories, upside down stories, and other absurdities,” had success funding its first issue on Kickstarter. Raising money for the second issue has also gone well, and with 2 days left to fundraise, the magazine is $2,500 over its pledged goal of $7,000.

With over 1,600 backers, the documentary project A Defiant Dude was only $500 away from its $75,000 goal this morning, but as of the posting of this piece, it’s surpassed its pledged amount. This film comes from James Lantz and Bo Muller-Moore, also known as the “Eat More Kale” guy, for his T-shirts with that motto. He received a cease and desist letter from Chick-fil-A claiming his t-shirts infringe on their “Eat Mor Chikin” slogan, and apparently he’s just one of many to receive such a threat from Chik-fil-A over the words “Eat more” fill-in-the-blank. Muller-Moore’s story has been called a “modern day David and Goliath,” and has been written about by CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. The filmmakers campaign will come to an end on Sunday evening.

Radio Ambulante, which is pitched as a Spanish language This American Life, had humble beginnings. A month ago, in addition to their online campaign, the founders held a bake sale in Oakland, California to assist their fundraising. It’s safe to say they can put away their mixing bowls and cookie sheets for now. They’re almost $5,000 over their $40,000 goal, and will continue to accept donations until the Kickstarter ends on Sunday afternoon.


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Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.