Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pitch the story, Find the story funder - Citizen Journalism hits the market

This is the pitch for, what appears to be an amazing - and radical - exercise in citizen journalism.

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.

Spot.Us - Community Funded Reporting Intro from Digidave on Vimeo. is here.


DigiDave said...

Hey - thanks for mentioning Check out the site, it takes 5 seconds to register ;)

David Cohn
(the guy who started

Robin Hunt said...


Will check out some more: I spoke about your site at the LSE/POLIS Future of Financial Journalism seminar on Monday, which I blog about elsewhere on this site. The response here in London was confused: we don't have this model firmly in our heads yet. Do you think it can sustain strong and in-depth investigative reporting?