It has been a big week for the people at Spot.Us and the Public Insight Network. Marking its three-year anniversary as a crowd-funding platform to fund journalism projects, Spot.Us announced its merger with the Public Insight Network yesterday.
The Public Insight Network (PIN), a platform that helps journalists and citizens reach beyond PR professionals and media pundits to connect with experts and influencers within the community they serve, will basically serve the same function, but with the added ability to raise money from the communities PIN connections help forge.
For the time being at least, not much will change for Spot.Us or PIN. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail Spot.Us sent to community members early yesterday:
It seems like a solid idea. PIN and Spot.Us are connecting dots for journalists, pooling critical resources like sources and funding in a single place. It will be interesting to see how the collaboration/merger evolves.
Spot.Us brings a community of more than 12,000 members (about half of which have actually donated to a story) to PIN’s network of more than 120,000 sources. Presumably, the Spot.Us aspect of the company should see considerable growth and increased engagement as story pitches find their way in front of a larger pool of experts and community members interested in the topic(s).
The Public Insight Network is operated by American Public Media, the largest owner and operator of public radio stations in the United States.
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