Bitcoin has become a powerful tool for independent activist journalists. In the past, news writers and correspondents would compete for limited professional opportunities with large media networks. The message was highly centralized and filtered from the top.
As technology has evolved, it has empowered mass coverage of anti-establishment opinions. The Internet has allowed anyone with a message to have a voice and Bitcoin has allowed anyone with a dream to fund it.
As news coverage opportunities arise, indie media personalities can crowdfund an on-location trip with bitcoin and buy a plane ticket through CheapAir almost instantaneously. This removes the need for a large network to cover travel costs, which helps to create a de-centralized source for unfiltered news.
Never before has documenting the realities of the world been so simple for the independent journalist.
Meet Derrick Broze, a bitcoin powered independent activist journalist.
I was introduced to Derrick at a Houston, Texas End the Fed rally. I was instantly captivated by his warm energy and profound life perspective, so I began to follow his social media channels.
Over the years his activism became his journalism and he began to travel the country covering and creating unique media events. He was first introduced to bitcoin about two years ago, and began accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for his stories on The Liberty Beat.
He typically spends his bitcoin on plane tickets to get to his next news story, but Derrick doesn’t only fly. He also spent several months riding his bike across the country, documenting sustainable communities and like minded groups of people that he crossed paths with along the way.
This powerfully creative individual founded his own multimedia operation, The Conscious Resistance Network, and a local activist group, The Houston Free Thinkers. He also writes for Tony Stiles, Ben Swann, The Liberty Beat, The Anti Media, and more!
Catherine Bleish: When did you become aware of bitcoin?
Derrick Broze: Around 2012 is the first time I started hearing about BTC.
What was your first bitcoin transaction?
My first bitcoin transaction was getting paid for writing for The Liberty Beat!
When did you become a journalist?
Around 2012 my activism started to become journalism. Since then I have had many opportunities to write and gather news.
What sort of topics do you like to cover?
I like to focus on Indigenous Movements, grassroots activism, [and] National Security, and I have a long-term hobby of trying to finish the work of some of the journalists who have died under mysterious circumstances. Of course I also like writing about bitcoin and the ways that technology can free humanity.
What publications do you write for?
Have you used bitcoin to travel for your journalism?
Yes! I have received investments in my journalism through BTC!
What bitcoin services do you prefer? (Wallets, plane tickets, etc..)
I love being able to buy plane tickets with bitcoin.
Where do you spend your bitcoin?
Most of my bitcoin has gone towards plane tickets but I have also paid for some homemade soaps at Jackalope Fest in Arizona.
How do you bring bitcoin into your life?
What major writing projects do you have in the works?
I am working with John Vibes on a book titled “The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality”. The book will explore the synthesis of various spiritual beliefs and anarchist, libertarian, and voluntaryist philosophy.
How can people follow you?
You can find me on Facebook and www.theconsciousresistance.com. All my writing can be found at www.derrickbroze.contently.com