Homicide Watch D.C. Seeks Funding While Founder Studies at Harvard

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The Homicide Watch D.C. website, which reports on every homicide in Washington, D.C., from the crime itself through the pursuit of suspects and the cases' path through the courts, will be in limbo temporarily while founder Laura Amico starts a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University next month, reports Nieman Journalism Lab. Nieman says the site has “been lauded for its devotion to blanket coverage and for its ability to build communities of interest around the kind of crime stories that might get a few inches of coverage — if that — in the local daily. As the site's tagline puts it: ‘Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.’ “

Laura Amico and her husband, Chris, who helps operate the site, hold out hope that the site's hiatus will be brief and that its reporting can be sustained while they're in Boston. They have launched a $40,000 Kickstarter fundraising campaign. “What we want to do is bring on paid interns — five throughout the course of one calendar year — and turn operation of the site over to them, with guidance from Chris and myself,” Amico tells Nieman Journalism Lab. “Everything from the daily reporting to the database entry to monitoring comments, keeping track of cases, year-in-review stories, investigative reports.”

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