Spot.Us
Lessons in Community Funded Reporting
How Spot.Us Works
•   Can ‘give back‘ to Spot.Us
    members getting rights to
    content.
                              ...
My personal
       experience
   Organization formed one year ago. Site
        launched eight months ago.

• Startups sho...
The Theory of Donating
  •People donate to NPR. How is
    Spot.Us Different?

        Throwing money over a wall




    ...
Transparency and Control
Donating is Social




  Every pitch is a campaign.
What Pitches Work?
•Stories with relevance. Anchored in
  a geographic/ethnic community or
  question.
Editorial Lessons

•Freelancers benefit from editorial
  oversight.
•Volunteer editors work better than
  low paid editors....
Difficulties
•Partnerships take time.
•Transparency is the new objectivity.
  But not for everyone.
•Editorial workflow.
•St...
What does this represent?
• A new transparency and collaboration in journalism.

I’m here to see how far the rabbit hole g...
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Some of the lessons we've learned from Spot.Us since its launch 8 months ago.

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Lessons Learned from Spot.us

  1. 1. Spot.Us Lessons in Community Funded Reporting
  2. 2. How Spot.Us Works • Can ‘give back‘ to Spot.Us members getting rights to content. • Anyone can create a story tip. • Quality content for lower price. Community • Groups form to ‘pledge’ resources. • Licensed under CC if nobody buys exclusivity - owned by all. Can create story ideas. News Organizations Reporters Can invest in future content Pitch the public • Reporters write a contract for • Matches Peer Review editor or news hire (a pitch). organization. Spot.Us • Groups form to ‘donate’ resources. Organizes a marketplace
  3. 3. My personal experience Organization formed one year ago. Site launched eight months ago. • Startups should be called rampups • Collaborations are key, but are also a delicate art. • Remain agile and iterative
  4. 4. The Theory of Donating •People donate to NPR. How is Spot.Us Different? Throwing money over a wall vs......
  5. 5. Transparency and Control
  6. 6. Donating is Social Every pitch is a campaign.
  7. 7. What Pitches Work? •Stories with relevance. Anchored in a geographic/ethnic community or question.
  8. 8. Editorial Lessons •Freelancers benefit from editorial oversight. •Volunteer editors work better than low paid editors. •Beat pitches, data pitches and more.
  9. 9. Difficulties •Partnerships take time. •Transparency is the new objectivity. But not for everyone. •Editorial workflow. •Starting up any organization: Legal, biz/dev, and fun with numbers.
  10. 10. What does this represent? • A new transparency and collaboration in journalism. I’m here to see how far the rabbit hole goes and report back to the larger journalism community.

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