Fund the Journos!

The inimitable and inspiring David Cohn, who first made his name as Jay Rosen’s right-hand man over at NewAssignment.Net, is going live with his new project, (he pronounces it “spot us,” not “spot dot u-s”).

David earned the congratulations and envy of thousands of us when he was awarded more than $300,000 by the Knight News Challenge earlier this year. He deserved it, though. His idea — crowd-funded reporting — is a fantastic one.

The first project is now up on The Point, which is run by Andrew Mason, and for whom Alex Steed, another fantastic guy (so many good people, so little time), blogs. In this first run, Wired’s Alexis Madrigal wants to write a piece about biofuel usage in California. He’s asking for $250 to write it, so if you’re interested you can donate some money. The idea is that journalism funded by the people, and not by corporate interests, will be more geared for truthiness and less enslaved by the man. Or something like that.

So check out his proposal, and if you want to see that piece written, donate some cash. It’s a neat model that could lead to something big.



  1. Thanks so much for the shout-out!

    Just a quick point of clarification – I am the editor of Make Something Happen, which is the blogging arm of the Point. The Point is run by Andrew Mason.

    Again – so many thanks for for reference. I hope all is well!

  2. Josh
    You da man!!!

    I think you get the idea for Spot Us precisely. I sincerely believe that by funding reporting through the public – the reporters will better serve their interests.

    Ever walk into a restaurant and have the waiter tell you what you were going to eat for dinner? You’d probably walk out and never go back to eat there again. Well, that’s what we do in journalism right now. But – I think more and more we are waking up and finding ways to better react and serve the community we want to serve. I hope Spot Us is a small part of that trend.

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