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
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?
A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?
On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims
Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”
Nate Silver drills into the numbers
“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”
With the relaunch comes the archive
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.