Local beat: Crowdfunding community journalism

Spot.Us is a nonprofit effort from the Center for Media Change that supports community-funded investigative reporting. Citizens recommend and fund local news stories, which are then written by participating journalists and published on the site. Contributions are tax deductible and re-imbursed if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content. The group currently operates ‘beats’ in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Founder David Cohn shared his vision with GovFreshTV:

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Spot.Us is funded in part by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Full Circle Fund, and the Charles Schwab Charitable Trust. More about Spot.Us.

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh. He is also co-founder and CEO of ProudCity and advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about civic technology for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. Other projects/affiliations include Agile Government Leadership, CivicActions, HashtagGov, GovTechExec, GovPress and CityCamp. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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