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Surrender to the paper extinction

Posted on: November 12, 2009

By Ally McNamara
TU journalism student | Nov. 12, 2009

David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, shares his beliefs about the future of journalism at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

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David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, a crowd-funded journalism project.

Sarah Perez interviewed David Cohn in April about the future of journalism and his journalism project Spot.us.  Spot.us is a non-profit start-up journalism project, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, funded by a grant and community donations, or “crowd-funded.”

Spot.us investigates issues that local contributors are interested in learning about such as poverty, budget issues, and crime.  Spot.us will sell first publishing rights, but if they cannot sell the rights, they will release the story under Creative Commons so anyone can publish it.  Spot.us focuses on informing its audience, regardless of the publisher.

“‘Journalism will survive the death of its institutions,’” says Cohn.

Perez concluded that Cohn’s project “shows us that there is another way to keep journalism alive, even after the paper fails.”

I agree with Cohn in the fact that journalism will survive even after papers are gone.  It is up to the paper companies to converge or be left in the dust.

I don’t think everyone should rely on “crowd-funded” journalism for their daily news but it would be a relatively inexpensive news source relaying local stories.  Luckily, it will be easier for many large paper corporations to post online stories, but the smaller companies may not have the funding, resources, or readership to survive.  The transformation will be survival of the fittest.

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