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Let’s Talk About Money

baby money window

*** SURVEY CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY 8/21/13 AT MIDNIGHT***

Money. We want it. We need it. But when it comes up in conversation, everybody bows their heads and gets quiet. How much do people make? How do you ask for more? How do you find out who pays what? How little is too little? When do you work for free? Can you even make it as a freelance science journalist?

This is the topic of our upcoming NASW panel, appropriately titled “Show Me the Money” and if you’re anything like me, you desperately want the answers to these questions. But it’s hard to have a good conversation about money because it’s awkward and nobody likes to get into their financial nitty-gritty. So we’re doing a survey! It’s anonymous, relatively quick and completely painless.

We’ll take your answers and analyze them to figure out just how much people are making and how they’re making it. At our panel, we’ll reveal the results, but afterwards we’ll post everything online for the world to see. So, what do you say, are you game?

You made it to the end! As a reward, here’s Scrooge McDuck diving into a pile of money.

Donald Duck money pile

Science Studio Kickstarter – The Recap

It’s been about a month since our Kickstarter campaign ended, and what a month it’s been. But now, Bora, Ben and I finally have some time to take a look back and see just how it all went down. So here are some statistics provided by Kickstarter, and some more information about what the heck we’re doing with all this money.

First, the statistics! 

We set out asking for $5,000 to help us cover things like prizes for the judges, and our own time. All told, 234 people backed our project and wound up handing over a grand total of $8,160, over $3,000 more than our goal. Which is, in a word, awesome, and also means that we can include video this year rather than just audio. Combined with the grant we got from NASW, we’re pretty confident that we can put something together that’s really great.

Here’s what the Kickstarter campaign looked like over time:

Okay, so, where did all you generous donors come from? Well, most of you came from Twitter. Here’s a breakdown of the top few referring sites:

So, thanks Twitter! You’re the best!

When we were talking about doing a Kickstarter, someone mentioned that we really had to make a video. Now, I’m glad we did, because 2,000 people watched it, and about 40% of you watched it all the way to the end.

Nothing was incredibly surprising here, in terms of trends. Twitter was a powerhouse, but it was also the place we promoted the most. You all love hearing our dulcet tones in the video, no surprise there. What we’d really like to say, most of all, is thank you. And you. And you. And my mom. And you too. We promise we’ll spend your money wisely and make something awesome.

Oh and if you missed out on the Kickstarter somehow, it’s not too late to give us your money! Here’s a handy dandy donate button.

 

Okay, what’s next?

The three of us are busy doing a couple of things. First, we’re building the website for Science Studio – the place where all this awesome audio and video will live. Second, we’re corralling all the swag to send to you. Third, we’re trying to spread the word about our nomination form – do you know any audio or video that’s really awesome? Nominate it!

Okay, I think that about sums it up? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us, or Tweet us at @science_studio.

Happy interneting everybody!

Rose, Bora and Ben