I recently joined the Spot.us group on Facebook. I’ve met David Cohn and heard him talk about Spot.us as well as following his blog for quite some time now. His idea is intriguing, and I’ve been pretty excited to see how things might work out for him.
From his message to the group, here are three successfully funded stories:
The first example of Community Funded Reporting came from a fantastic reporter Alexis Madrigal who examined the infrastructure of ethanol in the state of California. I feel confident that it is the most exhaustive look at the subject to date.
The second example is ongoing: The SF Election Truthiness Campaign. We raised $2,500 from 74 small donations (average $33) to fact-check political advertisements for the upcoming SF Election.
Just today PBS’ MediaShift blog wrote about it.
Our most recent success story is underway right now: Chris Amico will look into the environmental concerns of cement kilns in the Bay Area.
Sounds like things are going really well for David so far, (congrats!) and I hope to see the project grow and even expand to other areas!