Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Paul’s Final Individual Project: Spot.us – Crowdfunded Journalism

My story is about spot.us, a non-profit enterprise that sponsors journalistic investigation in the bay area using crowdfunding. Crowd funding is one of the many new ways Journalists are exploring to keep Journalism alive and maintain a living.

In the story, my goal was to show that the “death” of newspapers doesn’t mean the death of Journalism and that young journalists and older ones alike should not give up on the profession. Giving the example, I wanted to show one of the ways this could be done.

I think I have met this goal, because I feel I was able to portray spot.us and the idea of crowdfunding as an alternative source of income for journalists.

During the work on the assignment I learned more technical understanding and got a new view on my own work, which go hand in hand. Working with the flip camera for the first time, I really realized that the use of simple equipment can be enough to tell a good story. I also realized that my desire for perfectionism on images is unnecessary. It is good to have quality pictures, but when the goal is to tell a story, artistic quality might contribute, but it is not necessary for the story.

If I had to redo the assignment, I would probably try to focus even more on the idea of crowdfunding and less on an individual enterprise. I would try to find a way to visualize “crowdfunding” more effectively, however, I don’t want to simply use any crowd. Due to problems with file transfer, I would also try to find somebody could interview personally, which would cause less trouble with sending files and converting video etc.

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  1. […] Crowdfunded Journalism I finished my individual project for the COM466 class. Check it out here on the class blog or just watch the video right […]

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