An overview of the project:
As David posted on his blog:
The problem: Revenue.
Journalism is a process not a product, but that process takes time and people who do it professionally need to be compensated.
The Solution: Community Funding.
The process of journalism should be participatory - and perhaps one way it can be made participatory is if the public has the opportunity to commission the journalism they want to see.
Traditionally .001% of the public has a freelance budget to hire a journalist. We call those people "editors." Spot.Us is an attempt to increase the percentage of people that can have an editorial influence.
Congratulations to David and the Spot.Us team; we look forward to watching this project continue to develop--