Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Non profit Media

If you are still one of the dinosaurs (like me) that subscribes to a daily newspaper, it’s no news to you that papers have changed, especially over the last five years.  Not only has the internet and social media been responsible for many of the changes, but there’s now something called Citizen Journalism – which to my mind is either a field day for PR folks like me or an excuse to get someone to write something and not to have to pay them.  OK, maybe I’m cynical.

But now we have another twist to the picture thanks to It's a site where folks can go to offer up some money in exchange for trying to get someone to cover a certain story.  Maybe you can call it Capitalistic Journalism? 

Actually it might be a very good idea for folks who want to suggest stories that are important to them that the media is currently ignoring.  For the community, the best part is that since they are non profit, you can deduct your donations to get a story funded.

Of course they are new and it looks as if only San Francisco and Los Angeles are covered by the site right now.  Here's hoping that they begin to spread their coverage to at least California's capital!  Actually what were they thinking about not including Sacramento? 

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