— “community funded reporting” — launches
November 10th, 2008

With current news industry organizations in financial trouble, how is investigative reporting going to be funded in the future? One experiment is well worth keeping an eye on. Spot.Us has launched. I contributed to its first “truthiness” campaign — to fund local reporters to research claims by local political candidates. Support it!

Spot.Us is a nonprofit project of the Center for Media Change. We are an open source project, to pioneer “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.

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