American Public Media’s Public Insight Network has announced that they have acquired Spot.us, a community-funded reporting service. Spot.us is an open source project that has “community powered reporting.” The public can earn a commission through Spot.us and participate with journalists to do report on important and overlooked topics.
Spot.us founder David Cohn will stay on board in a limited capacity. APM’s SVP of Digital Innovation Joaquin Alvarado will oversee the day-to-day operations of Spot.us.
?Spot.Us and PIN both believe in the power of the independent voice in journalism ? from both journalists and sources, making the acquisition an ideal move,? stated Alvarado. ?PIN believes in the important work of Spot.Us and we will explore opportunities to continue to drive the effectiveness and relevancy of the site even further in the future.?
Spot.us has a platform for freelance journalists and organizations to pitch topics to the public. If the public finds it news-worthy, then they will be able to contribute funding to the project. When a journalist meets their funding goal, they will finish it and public their project on Spot.us. Spot.us was founded in 2008 with a $340,000 grant that Cohn won from The Knight Foundation.