Community funded reporting

As a sometime-participant in community-supported agriculture, I don’t find the idea of community-funded reporting entirely oddball. I even think it’s a creative idea. But I want to see how it works out.

Spot.Us is a nonprofit project to pioneer “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission investigations with tax deductible donations for important and perhaps overlooked stories. If a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, donations are reimbursed. Otherwise content is made available through a Creative Commons license.

One Reply to “Community funded reporting”

  1. Me too!!

    But — as the founder of Spot.Us — I am a little bias.

    It isn’t that different from CSA (which I also love). But we have a lot of learning to do as well. Hope you join us in discovering if this is something we can really figure out.

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