Would you pay a journalist to report the news you want to read, asks Robin Wauters.
This is the premise behind Global For Me – a new journalism service, which asks for individuals or groups to donate money for story pitches.
When the necessary funds are found to hire a journalist, they can be deployed on the donors’ behalf to chase stories, attend events or press conferences, says the website.
The idea is similar to the non-profit, San Fransisco-area, crowd-funded site Spot.Us (though as this is a project of Global Radio News (an independent freelance news agency), I’m assuming it’s for profit and internationally-focused?) – can it gain enough traction to work?