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Lessons Learned from Spot.us

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Some of the lessons we've learned from Spot.Us since its launch 8 months ago.

Some of the lessons we've learned from Spot.Us since its launch 8 months ago.

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  • 1. Spot.Us Lessons in Community Funded Reporting
  • 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. 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. The Theory of Donating •People donate to NPR. How is Spot.Us Different? Throwing money over a wall vs......
  • 5. Transparency and Control
  • 6. Donating is Social Every pitch is a campaign.
  • 7. What Pitches Work? •Stories with relevance. Anchored in a geographic/ethnic community or question.
  • 8. Editorial Lessons •Freelancers benefit from editorial oversight. •Volunteer editors work better than low paid editors. •Beat pitches, data pitches and more.
  • 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. 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.