Former consumer affairs correspondent of The Independent Martin Hickman is to report on and live-tweet from the trial of Neil Wallis after raising money on a new UK-based journalism crowdfunding website.
Hickman launched an appeal for funds on Tuesday, 26 May, using the website Byline and has already raised £2,565 out of a target of £3,000 was sought to cover the first half of a trial which is expect to last four to six weeks.
Wallis was charged in July 2014 with conspiring to illegally access voicemails at the News of the World between 2003 and 2007.
James Doleman used Byline to crowdfund £2,542 to pay for him to cover the Andy Coulson perjury trial (which is ongoing).
In 2013/2014 writer Peter Jukes raised more than £20,000 via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to pay for him to live-tweet all eight months of the first phone-hacking trial.
Byline is a crowdfunding website which focuses on journalism and which also hosts the content which is produced. The site takes a 15 per cent cut of all donations.