Word has it that Spot.us, former CJR intern David Cohn’s community-funded journalism startup, will be launching late this afternoon. An experiment with crowd-funded journalism, Spot.us encourages private citizens to fund investigative reports on topics that interest them. Freelancers can pitch ideas to the crowd and solicit donations, or readers can suggest story ideas of their own. It’s unclear how successful this will be, but it’s an interesting idea, and probably worth checking out at some point today or tomorrow.
12:43 PM - November 10, 2008
Hitting The Spot
Spot.us launches today
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch
One journalist took matters into his own hands when a fellow audience member wouldn’t stop using her smartphone during a theater performance
The shift from Facebook to more creative social networks
Handwritten on a shirt board
David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon commencement speech as a short film
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.