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RJI links 8.3.12

By Brian Steffens on August 3, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs

#RJInnovation (2012): Fostering community engagement

By RJI on April 24, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
RJInnovation Week

As part of RJInnovation Week, KBIA-FM's weekly public affairs program, Intersection, devoted its program to Monday's theme: engagement.

#RJInnovation (2012): Social media and news gathering with Google+ hangouts

By RJI on April 23, 2012 2 Comments Blogs
RJInnovation Week

RJInnovation Week kicks off examining how various broadcast outlets use Google+ hangouts and other social media tools to enhance reporting, engagement with audience and branding.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn leaves Spot.Us

Source David Cohn's Blog on April 3, 2012 0 Comments
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David Cohn announces his resignation from Spot.Us. Spot.Us joined forces with American Public Media in late 2011.

Spot.Us to play important role with Public Insight Network

Source NetNewsCheck on December 12, 2011 0 Comments
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COO and senior VP of American Public Media shares his thoughts on the role Spot.Us will have following its merger with PIN.

David Cohn experiments with journalism

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David Cohn met with a class in California to discuss crowdfunding and how Spot.Us is changing journalism.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn joins forces with crowd-sourcing platform

By RJI on November 30, 2011 0 Comments News
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American Public Media announced today that it has acquired pioneering community funding website Spot.Us, and will incorporate it into the Public Insight Network (PIN) crowd-sourcing platform. The combination lays the foundation for a networked approach to sourcing and funding high-quality journalism that will help newsrooms and journalists gather the resources and insights they need to do great reporting.

American Public Media buys crowdfunded news site Spot.Us

Source Paid Content on November 30, 2011 0 Comments
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Public radio programming producer American Public Media is acquiring journalism crowdfunding site Spot.Us and integrating it into its Public Insight Network crowdsourcing platform.

Spot.Us Merges with PIN

By David Cohn on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Spot.Us launched in November of 2008, making this our three year anniversary. Counting the months of planning (and applying for the Knight News Challenge) that went into the launch, I've been working on Spot.Us, a journalism crowdfunding project, for almost four years. In that time, we've pushed boundaries, and have had many successes and shortcomings which I've tried to share along the way. As I've always said, Spot.Us will never be perfect. It will never be "done," and as long as we can strive for something, we are making progress.

Handbook for community-funded reporting

By David Cohn on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Research Summaries
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

Download David Cohn's latest research about community-funded reporting.

We practice journalism in changing times. In 2008, David Cohn received a grant from the Knight News Challenge to build Spot.Us, a site to pioneer “communityfunded reporting,” or the crowdfunding of journalism. We define crowdfunding as “the collective cooperation, attention and trust of people who network and pool their money and resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” Then we define crowdsourcing as “the act of delegating tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people (the crowd), through an open call.” Basically, crowdfunding is a type of crowdsourcing.

Spot.Us merges with Public Insight Network

Source MediaShift Idea Lab on November 29, 2011 0 Comments
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David Cohn weighs in on the merger of Spot.Us and PIN and how what he sees in Spot.Us' future.

Bringing a crowd to a records fight: The Columbia Missourian uses to raise money for data request

Source Nieman Journalism Lab on October 25, 2011 0 Comments
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The Columbia Missourian is choosing an alternate way to raise funds by turning to for assistance from readers. This will be the second time the Missourian has crowdfunded a project.

RJI produces annual IPI Report

By RJI on September 26, 2011 0 Comments News
IPI Report Media and Money

"Media and Money: Worldwide economic upheaval changes the shape of news," this year's annual IPI Report, brought together top journalists from around the world to address the international upheavals in economics and journalism. Edited, produced and published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) for the International Press Institute, several industry leaders associated with RJI contributed to the work. The annual IPI Report was released Monday during the IPI World Congress in Taipei, co-edited by Marty Steffens, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Endowed Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, and Randy Smith, Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, both at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Other contributors to the Report from the Missouri School of Journalism and RJI include the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies Amy McCombs, the Houston Harte Chair in Innovation Mike Jenner, 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow David Cohn, recently retired and former Lee Hills Chair Stuart Loory, and Director of Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Rick Shaw.

Berkeley j-school hires Reynolds Fellow, Spot.Us founder to research online business models

Source Poynter on September 19, 2011 0 Comments
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Cohn will be working in concert with three community websites run by the school:, and

Brady Bunch boxes and U_News @ 4: Co-anchoring with Google Plus Hangouts

By Sarah Hill on September 11, 2011 2 Comments Blogs

Inside Google Plus, a new beta social networking site, is a news gathering goldmine that holds huge potential for us news miners. “Hangout” is a 10 person video chat room that is already transforming viewer interaction in mid-Missouri. I describe a Hangout as a free satellite truck attached to a built in crowd sourcing tool.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn's one of '11 websites citizen journalists should know about'

Source The Next Web on August 27, 2011 0 Comments
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David Cohn's is boasted as a citizen journalism website to people should be visiting.

SpotUS: Crowdfunding 2.0 for journalism

Source NetNewsCheck on July 11, 2011 0 Comments
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SpotUs was an early experiment in crowdfunding, or community-funded journalism. Powered by the same micro-funding thinking that fueled the Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, the Oakland-based David Cohn saw himself as a kind of matchmaker, putting readers hungry for more depth- and context-heavy reporting together with the journalists who could often no longer afford to provide it.

Funding journalism: Reynolds Fellows share their ideas

Source Mizzou Magazine on May 27, 2011 0 Comments
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Fellows David Cohn and Bill Densmore share their methods for making sure journalism gets paid.

Conversation with David Cohn inspires new course for business journalism

Source Fishbowl LA on May 25, 2011 0 Comments
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Randall Smith recalls how a conversation with David Cohn, founder and director of SF-LA focused, led to the spark for a new business journalism course.

Hardly Strictly Young - the Aftermath

By David Cohn on May 2, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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This is a summary of the event that took place at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on April 17th-19th made possible by the Knight Foundation and RJI.