Could Kickstarter be used to crowdfund journalism?

Curious idea - use of crowdfunding systems like Kickstarter to raise funds enabling journalists to cover stories. I suppose the result would be people paying for stories they'd like to be covered.

FROM THE ARTICLE: Crowdfunding could be another: one journalist in Michigan has raised funding through a Kickstarter campaign so he can travel around the U.S. interviewing people about the upcoming election. Could crowdfunding allow other journalists to do investigative or in-depth projects as well? Chris Killian, a journalist from Kalamazoo came up with the idea of driving through swing states like Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in order to take what he calls the “pulse of the people.”

gigaom.com/2012/07/23/could-kickstarter-be-used-to-crowdfund-journalism/