Brent Finnegan -- January 28th, 2011
Two weeks ago, we announced that we would begin publishing reader-funded stories using Spot.Us. This “crowd-funding” model enables the Harrisonburg community to have a direct impact on what gets reported, through their tax-deductible contributions. This will provide money for journalists to report on important local issues.
Our first story, an examination of the prospects of hydrofracking in Rockingham County, is already well on its way to becoming fully-funded. Before we even really had a chance to get the word out, several generous readers contributed a large chunk of the funding.
hburgnews.com is providing half of the money toward this particular fundraising goal. The other half is coming from readers.
This will be the first of many original reports we hope to publish. With your support, we’ll be able to make reader-funded journalism an ongoing part of hburgnews.com.
Thanks to all who read, comment, contribute, and participate in the hburgnews community.