Tag: spot.us

by Mark Glaser

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo, launched in 2008, was a pioneer in helping anyone anywhere raise money from anyone in the world. While the site now has much more competition from venture-backed startups such as Kickstarter or niche sites such as CrowdSupply, Indiegogo has recently seen an uptick in high profile journalism-related campaigns. There was the “Crackstarter” […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

The idea of crowdfunding journalistic projects isn’t new, but it’s been in the spotlight recently. Take, for example, the media itself zeroing in on a successful Kickstarter project by Bobbie Johnson, a former Guardian technology correspondent, and U.S.-based journalist Jim Giles, whose work has appeared in The Economist, The Atlantic and New Scientist. Johnson and […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Rafat off the coast of Nioumachoua village in Moheli Welcome to the 45th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rafat Ali as co-hosts. That’s right, Rafat Ali is back in the saddle after a nearly three month trek to India, Burma and Iceland. And he’s back just in time […] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

Need $40,000 to produce a local documentary? Just ask your audience. That’s what filmmaker Sam Mayfield did, for a film she’s working on about last year’s protests in Madison, Wis. In a blog post on January 13, she wrote: We are currently trying to raise $40,000 of our $200,000 budget through Kickstarter, the online fundraising […] more »

by Mark Glaser

David Cohn Welcome to the 29th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali. This week we get back from the Thanksgiving holiday and find some interesting mergers happening. First, there’s the crowdfunding site Spot.us being acquired by American Public Media (APM) and its […] more »

by Jen Lee Reeves

COLUMBIA, MO. — I am live-blogging from the Reynolds Journalism Institute, which is holding a week-long RJInnovation Week. It’s a chance for the Institute to look at an incredible number of projects and ideas that are flowing through the organization. Today is focused on the 2010-11 class of RJI fellows. Each fellow gets 45 minutes […] more »

by Dorian Benkoil

Business content on MediaShift is sponsored by the weekend MA in Public Communication at American University. Designed for working professionals, the program is suited to career changers and public relations or social marketing professionals seeking career advancement. Learn more here. He’s an entrepreneur, author and outspoken evangelist of entrepreneurial journalism, but Dan Gillmor wants you […] more »

by Tanja Aitamurto

Would readers pay as little as a penny, or even less, for news? They would, if paying was combined with social sharing, micro-earning, virtual currency and a centralized banking system, according to doctoral students Geoffrey Graybeal and Jameson Hayes of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Graybeal and […] more »

by Tanja Aitamurto

In a previous post I introduced the most significant findings from my recent case study of Spot.Us, a crowdfunding platform for journalism. In this post I discuss what my findings mean for journalism, and for the role and the work of a journalist. Renegotiating the Role of a Journalist A crowdfunded journalistic process brings a […] more »

by Tanja Aitamurto

Platforms such as Spot.Us and Kickstarter have shown that crowdfunding can work as a financing mechanism for journalism. We will likely see more crowdfunded stories in the future, which means it’s important study how crowdfunding impacts journalism and the role and work of a journalist. I’m currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. project […] more »