For about $250 you can get the New York Times print edition home delivered daily for a year. That will get you thousands of stories, facts, stats, pictures and so on.
Or for the same $250 you can join several other people to fund the research and reporting of 10 suggested stories you’d like to read.
An upcoming “networked journalism” service from spot.us is simple in principle: anyone can submit story ideas, journalist can pitch stories they want to cover, anyone can pledge and donate money, and if the story gets enough funding, it will be reported and published for all to read. It’s an open marketplace of ideas that can be turned into journalistic coverage that otherwise would go unnoticed or under-reported. That’s the idea:
By November 2009, will spot.us still exist?