Unemployed journalist asks strangers for $900 to help with rent; he gets about $4,000

New Year’s Day update: “You can stop sending money,” Craig D. Lindsey writes as he approaches $4,000 in donations. “If you want to donate, that’s fine, but really – I’m straight. Not only do I have enough to pay off the two months’ rent, but I can pay off the next two months. Honestly, I wish I could shut the thing down, but it’s apparently going to continue until it’s finally finished on Friday.”
* “Most of the money will go to basically getting out of this damn hole”


Craig D. Lindsey (above), who hasn’t found a fulltime job since getting laid off from McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer in 2011, went on crowdfunding site Indiegogo and asked for $900 “so I can turn it over to my landlord’s ‘enforcer’ by the end of the week.”

When a couple of outlets I write for cut my workload in half a few months ago, it was a very big blow. Now, I really can’t pay my rent. (Seriously, I gotta go to court next week on back-rent issues if I don’t figure out something THIS WEEK.)

Lindsey was just short of his goal when I tweeted the link to his campaign this afternoon; he now has over $2,000 $3,950, with three two days left in his campaign. I’m guessing his rent will be covered for several months before it’s over.

* A journalist who’s fallen on hard times asks for $900 (indiegogo.com)
* “So, this year sucked. …I’m in my third year of joblessness” (unclecrizzle.tumblr.com)

Lindsey’s New Year’s Eve tweet: