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Rethinking the role of journalism education

Source Reportr.net on January 20, 2011 0 Comments
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One of the key roles of the university has to foster critical thinking, graduating students who have the ability to ask the right questions and think through solutions to problems.

For the revival of the Carnival of Journalism, David Cohn has asked the journalist/scholar bloggers taking part to consider the place of the university in the information ecosystem.

Carnival of Journalism - Round 1

By David Cohn on January 20, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

 

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As you may or may not know with the help of the Knight Foundation and the Reynolds Journalism Institute I’ll be organizing a round-table in Missouri with a host of special guests. The goal of this round-table is to discuss topics we hear about all the time, but from the unique perspective of the conference attendees. Who are the attendees. That will be revealed shortly but the quick explanation is that they are not at the centers of power, but rather are people creating their own centers of power.

NPR not the only news org in need of modern, realistic ethics guidelines for its journalists

Source Poynter on January 11, 2011 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

David Cohn, founder of the crowdfunded journalism site Spot.Us, is also part of the committee. “Ethics is not a math equation where you always get the same answer,” he said. “We’re going to come up with guidelines and principles. It will be up to NPR to figure out how to interpret those.”

Join the Carnival of Journalism

By David Cohn on January 6, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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I'm terribly excited to introduce the RETURN of the Carnival of Journalism. To understand it's epicness - you first have to close your eyes and think back to a time long ago on the Internet circa 2005-6. Maybe you had a MySpace or Friendster account. The Numa Numa guywas still hot on the meme scene, Digg ruled all traffic everywhere and Techcrunch was just the opinionated blog of a lawyer. This was an Internet without Twitter, Facebook was for college students and all we had were blogs and RSS. In that dark and desperate time we didn't haveWJChat's, PubMediaChats or any other Twitter chats.

What makes Kickstarter Unique?

By David Cohn on December 29, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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In the past year one crowdfunding website has taken the world by storm: Kickstarter. Whereas I've always said that somebody could take the Spot.Us model and do it nationally or internationally and have more success than us, Kickstarter took it (we launched just a few months before Kickstarter) and made a few fundamental changes that have allowed it to blossom into the mainstream. From my point of view there are two main differences.

How IndieGoGo Funds Community Projects

By David Cohn on December 20, 2010 0 Comments Blogs
     

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   This post is part of our ongoing series that will interview other players in the community-funded reporting space. This interview was conducted by Jonathan Peters and Slava Rubin, founder of IndieGoGo.

DEAR READER: Readers can help keep records requests alive

Source Columbia Missourian on December 17, 2010 0 Comments
Citizen journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

Overnight, the Missourian had raised $100 to help its quest for public records on liquor law violations at MU.

David Cohn and the 12 people who donated made it happen. David is a West Coast guy spending a year here in Columbia as a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

OpenFile - The For Profit Version of Spot.Us

By David Cohn on December 14, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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Thanks to my wonderful Ph.D. student Jonathan 'awesomesauce' Peters, we are able to do interviews and research for the upcoming handbook on community-funded reporting.

Earlier in this blog I introduced Craig Silverman who is best known for his "Regret the Error" blog and subsequent work.  But our Canadian friend is also a part of OpenFile.ca. I immediately fell in love with the idea behind Open File. In is very simpatico with my own project Spot.Us. In fact, if Spot.Us was venture funded I may have organized it in a similar fashion. As things are - we have to fundraise so people "vote" for stories with their dollars. But if money wasn't an issue - why not just listen to the stories people want covered. On OpenFile people literally "open files" or order the story they want to see.

Can you spare a quarter? Crowdfunding sites turn fans into patrons of the arts

Source Knowledge@Wharton on December 8, 2010 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

David Cohn, founder and CEO of Spot.Us, is taking a different approach to keeping his nonprofit viable in the long run. The site, which funds journalists to allow them to pursue news stories missed by the mainstream media, is signing up sponsors like Hewlett-Packard in addition to receiving foundation grants.

You can be a part of community funded journalism

Source Investigative Mommy Blogger on November 30, 2010 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

David Cohn is known as a rock star in the journalism world of “new thinkers.” The 28-year-old recently moved from working in his San Francisco apartment to a swanky office in Columbia, Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). He’s working as an RJI fellow to expand his website Spot.us. (When you talk about the site, you say “Spot-Us.”)

A handbook for community-funded journalism: Turning Spot.Us experience into lessons for others

Source Nieman Journalism Lab on November 23, 2010 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

In creating a new system to fund reporting directly by donations from a geographic or online community, Spot.Us broke some of the traditional rules of journalism — namely that reporting is funded through a combination of advertising dollars and subscriptions.

How I turned 20k into 48k

By David Cohn on November 17, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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There are many things that excite me about Spot.Us. One in particular, which I believe is part of our pathway to sustainability is "community-focused sponsorship" (CFS). It is the main thrust of my fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. My evolving view of advertising is becoming a passionate topic.

How Spot.Us doubled its grant money with community-focused ads

Source David Cohn for MediaShift Idea Lab on November 16, 2010 0 Comments
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The value proposition of new news businesses shouldn't be about saving journalism; rather, they need to focus on meeting consumers' needs and wants, and finding solutions, Mark Briggs, author of "Journalism 2.0" and "Journalism Next," told Missouri School of Journalism's David Cohn.

Briggs: News start-ups must bring solutions

Source SFN Blog on November 15, 2010 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

The value proposition of new news businesses shouldn't be about saving journalism; rather, they need to focus on meeting consumers' needs and wants, and finding solutions, Mark Briggs, author of "Journalism 2.0" and "Journalism Next," told Missouri School of Journalism's David Cohn.

The Past and Future of Public Insight Network

By David Cohn on November 8, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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Publish Insight Network, from American Public Media, will be eight years old this January. In web terminology - that makes it ancient. Before Twitter, before "crowdsourcing" was a word, before "the year of the blog" and more.

So what is it, how is it still relevant and where will it go?

The Arc of a Journalism Career

By David Cohn on November 4, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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I often say that if I were born 30 years earlier the arc of my career would have been drastically different. At 28 I would hopefully have graduated from a cub reporting beat, maybe covering the cops, to some other topic. My aim would be to win awards for my organization with the hope of becoming middle or upper management.

Rising Stars: Ten Under 30

Source Folio on November 2, 2010 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

Many of the people on FOLIO:’s “10 Under 30” list are revamping the way their companies do business. David Cohn is trying to revamp the economics of the freelance industry.

Handbook for Community Funded Reporting

By David Cohn on October 25, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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When Spot.Us first launched the idea of community funded reporting was relatively new. While I can't say we "invented" the practice, I do believe Spot.Us has played a pioneering role.

Two years since our launch, I'm taking stock. It's funny how some things change and some things stay the same. Take for example this interview I did with "Have Money Will Vlog" founders. Even before Spot.Us there were examples of community-funded reporting. What we wanted to do was create a platform so that others would have the tools to quickly and easily launch their own community-funded reporting projects.