David Cohn, one of the bright lights among new journalists, has launched Spot.us, a site that aims to persuade people from communities to send money to support excellent journalism about specific issues. I’m an advisor to this project and believe strongly that he’s onto something important.
Spot.us describes itself as “a nonprofit project to pioneer ‘community funded reporting.’ Through Spot.Us the public can commission investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. Donations are tax deductable and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise content is made available through a Creative Commons license.
Take a look — and please contribute in some way.