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Who We are

We're a fast-growing community of top journalists and technologists, working together to build a home for trustworthy, sustainable journalism.

We built our careers at places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Guardian, El Pais, Politico, NPR, The Atlantic, The New Republic, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, and DNAinfo.

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  • There are a number of benefits to creating a new form of money, but the one Civil is most focused on is that it has the potential to help realign the incentives that underlie the journalism business.
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  • [Civil] seeks to eliminate the possibility of one company or a small group of investors exerting power and influence over a journalistic organization and compromising its mission.
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  • Civil applies the tenets of cryptoeconomics—the practice of powering online marketplaces with digital currency logged on encrypted ledgers—to the financial challenges facing the news industry.
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  • Civil, using its blockchain-enabled licensing mechanism ... will help the AP track where its content is going and whether it’s licensed correctly.
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What others are saying

  • There are a number of benefits to creating a new form of money, but the one Civil is most focused on is that it has the potential to help realign the incentives that underlie the journalism business.
    Columbia Jounalism Review logo
  • [Civil] seeks to eliminate the possibility of one company or a small group of investors exerting power and influence over a journalistic organization and compromising its mission.
     logo
  • Civil applies the tenets of cryptoeconomics—the practice of powering online marketplaces with digital currency logged on encrypted ledgers—to the financial challenges facing the news industry.
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  • Civil, using its blockchain-enabled licensing mechanism ... will help the AP track where its content is going and whether it’s licensed correctly.
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see more press

do more than consume

CVL tokens are your voting and purchasing power in the Civil economy.

Civil is a blockchain-based economy that involves the direct, peer-to-peer exchange of value between journalists who report articles, make videos, record podcasts, and the people who read, watch, listen and support their work.

Matthew Iles CEO of the Civil Media Company

“We need to get CVL tokens into the hands of people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and help build Civil into a thriving home for independent journalism.”

—Matthew Iles, CEO of The Civil Media Company

Matthew Iles CEO of the Civil Media Company
Vivian Schiller CEO of Civil Foundation and Head of Civil Council

help build a community for real journalism

Civil is a place for ethical, high-quality journalism. The Civil Constitution defines ethical journalism on Civil. People can use CVL tokens to vote and thwart bad actors or propose improvements to how it works.

Vivian Schiller CEO of Civil Foundation and Head of Civil Council

“The beauty of Civil is that it's community-driven. But in the event you feel the Civil Constitution has been violated, you can appeal to the Civil Council. We'll hear your case.”

—Vivian Schiller, CEO of Civil Foundation and Head of Civil Council

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Support Original Journalism on Civil

The 100% Pledge: Directly support journalists with CVL

100% of the proceeds from the CVL token sale will go to to the Civil Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent newsrooms.

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Grants

We've already launched some bold, tough newsrooms and helped kickstart their operations via grants, software and support. Help us launch the next wave, and directly support journalism as a stakeholder in the Civil community.

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Governance

The Civil Council is here to make sure that Civil remains a home for ethical, independent journalism, safe from undue influence by third parties, as outlined in the Civil Constitution.

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Research

Journalism's future is uncertain, but exciting. We will produce research around key initiatives like newsroom sustainability, reader engagement and unlocking new revenue streams that support new ways to create value between journalists and their supporters on Civil and beyond.

How to get started

Meet Civil. Decide to join the future of journalism.

Learn how to buy CVL tokens.

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Register for the Civil token sale.
(< 1hr)

Set up your first cryptocurrency wallet and fund it with ETH.
(7 days)

Buy CVL tokens using ETH on September 18.
(30 min)

Participate on the Civil platform!

Choose how you CVL

The value of each CVL token may change over time, but the dollar equivalents required for certain actions remain constant.

The 100 Percent Pledge: 100 percent of contributions to the CVL sale will go directly to the Civil Foundation, the nonprofit entity that will provide grants to Civil Newsrooms and produce original research.

Participant

Good for testing the waters

$10

to $999

Includes:

  • Vote for/against Newsrooms that are being challenged
  • Earn CVL for participating
  • Pay your favorite journalists with CVL
  • Convert CVL into cash
  • Your entire contribution supports newsrooms

You’re joining as a Participant

Don’t worry, you can change it later.

Ready? Let’s do this. We’re here to guide you through the process of buying cryptocurrency.

Voting with tokens makes you eligible to earn money in the Civil economy. You can never lose tokens in a vote.

Contributor

Good for going deeper

$1,000

to $9,999

Same as Participant plus:

  • Start or back Newsrooms ($1,000 per Newsroom)
  • Challenge bad actor Newsrooms ($1,000 per challenge)
  • Appeal to the Civil Council ($1,000 per appeal)

You’re joining as a Contributor

Don’t worry, you can change it later.

Ready? Let’s do this. We’re here to guide you through the process of buying cryptocurrency.

These actions require depositing tokens as a ‘stake.’ You can earn large rewards or lose tokens depending on community votes.

Benefactor

Good for stewarding

$10,000

to $2,000,000

Same as Contributor plus:

  • Support potentially hundreds of Newsrooms
  • Kickstart new projects for the journalism industry
  • Exercise significant voting power

You’re joining as a Benefactor

Don’t worry, you can change it later.

Ready? Let’s do this. We’re here to guide you through the process of buying cryptocurrency.

Civil Media vets all purchasers of $10,000 or above.

We're introducing wire transfers as an additional payment method. Email [email protected] once you complete your registration to get started.

CVL is not required to simply read and support journalism on Civil.
Newsrooms are free to ask for reader support in any form they choose.

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