December 3, 2013

San Diego news nonprofit inewsource began accepting donations in the online currency Bitcoin Monday. It took the plunge because “a potential donor indicated he’d like to contribute bitcoin,” inewsource Executive Director and Editor Lorie Hearn tells Poynter in an email. “And he did, the equivalent of $205 US.”

According to this list, only a few news organizations accept donations in the currency: Among them, two that say they’re affiliated with the hacking collective Anonymous and Juice Rap News.

Setting up the donation mechanism “was easy,” inewsource reporter Brad Racino, who arranged the method, tells Poynter in an email. He used a site called Coinbase that was free but requires a verified bank account, which receives the donations in cash. “The site generates a code for a bitcoin ‘button’ you can place on a website. It’s the same as, say, a Paypal button,” Racino writes. “Donors just click the button, log into their bitcoin account, and choose an amount to donate from their digital wallet.”

As of the time I’m writing this, 1 bitcoin is worth $1,056.53.

Related: I’m Changing My Mind About Bitcoin (Business Insider)

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City…
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