Local beat: Crowdfunding community journalism

By / Jan 12, 2010

Spot.Us is a nonprofit effort from the Center for Media Change that supports community-funded investigative reporting. Citizens recommend and fund local news stories, which are then written by participating journalists and published on the site. Contributions are tax deductible and re-imbursed if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content. The group currently operates ‘beats’ in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Founder David Cohn shared his vision with GovFreshTV:

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Spot.Us is funded in part by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Full Circle Fund, and the Charles Schwab Charitable Trust. More about Spot.Us.

I'm the founder of GovFresh, CivicMeet and co-creator of GovPress, the WordPress theme for government. I'm also a strategic consultant for CivicActions and NuCivic, both focused on bringing agile, open source and open data solutions to government. I also serve on the steering committee for Open Source for America. Connect with me on Twitter or email me at luke@govfresh.com.

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