Public media is in crisis. Newsrooms across the nation are cutting hard news staff to the bone. An independent press, which can hold government and business accountable with hard hitting coverage, is at risk posing a serious threat to our democracy.
However, three San Francisco journalist have launched social enterprises to help turn the tide. This month we hold a panel discussion about the future of public media and learn about the bold solutions that are leading the way. Our panelist this month:
-Michael Stoll, founder of The Public Press, a nonprofit startup that will provide noncommercial public interest news for the Bay Area.
-Josh Wilson, founder of Newsdesk.org, a nonprofit which collates and produces reporting on important but overlooked news from around the world.
-David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, a nonprofit startup that enables citizens and reporters to crowdfund investigative reporting through an innovative online platform.
While separate initiatives, collaboration brings them together in true Abundance League style. Newsdesk and The Public Press co-produced the The Truthiness Report and funded it using Spot.us. The Spot.us community raised $2,500 for the series which fact checked San Francisco election ads. The Truthiness Report was Spot.us’ first funded project.
A brave new world of journalism is opening up right in our backyard. Please join us to explore the possibilities with pioneers working on the frontier.
And as usual be prepared to talk about your passions, needs and gifts during meeting announcements.
Added by Neal Gorenflo on January 7, 2009