I tidbit I liked from Spot.Us’ State of the Spot:
“Spot.Us doesn’t want to save journalism for journalism’s sake. This is about serving the informational needs of local communities.”
(Note: That’s from the SlideShare embed midway through the post.)
This is a great way of looking at the larger problem of journalism’s lost funding model: Rather than think about “How do we save journalism?” Spot.Us is asking, “What information do communities need, and how much does it cost to get it to them?”
Save journalism: Big task.
Inform public: Doable task.
More on this in a later post, in all likelihood.