September 2015 – PRESS RELEASE
Popular online publication launches fundraising campaign: Save Our Daily Vox
The Daily Vox this week launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds for its fledgling start-up operations. A crowdfunding campaign set up on the popular Indiegogo platform aims to raise R200,000 over the next four weeks.
Executive editor Azad Essa says, “We are looking for 1000 people to donate R200 each to our cause. Every single cent will go towards developing journalism, and we are asking the public to assist in telling the stories that matter to them.”
The Daily Vox is completely independently funded. Its primary task remains training and preparing young journalists while focusing on stories neglected by others. The money raised will be used to keep the venture afloat in a difficult economic climate.
Khadija Patel, co-founder of The Daily Vox, says, “The Daily Vox aims to be at the heart of a more honest phase of our transformation into a more just society.”
In just over a year The Daily Vox has grown to be one of the most influential publications in South Africa. We spoke about Rhodes falling before it was a hashtag, and when it was a hashtag, we offered the most comprehensive coverage of the movement. The publication was also among the first to mark the xenophobic violence in early 2015.
Moreover, as a platform dedicated to the stories of our youth, the Daily Vox continues to cover transformation movements across institutes of higher learning in South Africa, from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape to the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
Faranaaz Parker, managing editor, says, “On average, we reach over 150,000 people per month. In August and September alone, we reached 211,000 people. Although we are just over a year old, we punch well above our weight and have already made our mark on the media landscape.”
Visit the Indiegogo campaign here.
For interviews contact:
Khadija Patel Khadija@thedailyvox.co.za 0823478735 / Faranaaz Parker firstname.lastname@example.org