I've been reading Dave Cohn's blogs or "DigiDave" for sometime now and even got a chance to meet him last June at Netsquared where we interviewed each other. (Dave interviews Beth - Beth interviews Dave). Dave is a journalist 2.0, writes for Wired, and has worked with pioneering journalism bloggers like Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis. He is also the founder of Spot.Us, an open source project, to pioneer “community funded reporting," funded by the Knight Foundation News Challenge.
Dave's new site launches today. Here's the description:
Through this site, anyone can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.
You can pitch a story to be crowd-funded or donate to an existing pitch. I just pledged a small amount to fund a story on California's educational system, something I'm very interested in.