Money, money, money (if you’re a community org or blogger)

If money’s what you’re after, here are some avenues opening up:

The Knight Community Information Challenge is offering $20 million to support US-based initiatives aimed at “using media and technology to better serve local communities with information.” Interestingly the focus seems to be on community organisations rather than media organisations.

Also aimed at community organisations and advocacy groups partnered with academics are grants of $7,500 from The Media Research Hub for: “research that supports public-interest efforts to change the media / telecommunications infrastructure, practices, policies or content.” (via Joho)

Finally, Salon has launched a blogger ‘tipping’ system on Open Salon. The micropayments are handled by Revolution MoneyExchange, and particularly cute is the fact that each Open Salon member who registers for Revolution MoneyExchange is “given a complimentary $10 with which to start rewarding other bloggers” (who in turn can only accept the compensation if they’ve registered for MoneyExchange too)

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2 thoughts on “Money, money, money (if you’re a community org or blogger)

  1. Tish Grier

    Read the tipping posts yesterday–that may be a new idea for Salon, but kind of an old idea among bloggers. I saw the “tip jar” thing when I started blogging almost 4 years ago, and it probably was around before then. Although, in the case of Salon, it makes me think a little of the scheme that was proposed a few months back to pay reporters on the number of page views their stories generated. Now, that’s a rather bad idea for newspapers/magazines–a friend who used to work for Business 2.0 said that bonuses based on pageviews only benefitted the well-known bloggers at the mag. It might, though, be a fairly good, if not just interesting, idea for Salon. I wonder if they will bother to publish the results of their experiment or, like Business 2.0, will only keep it in amongst themselves.

  2. paulb

    Yes, it’s nothing new – although the $10 credit element is, while the community angle is also interesting, and I wonder whether either will help kickstart something that is normally not successful. As for the payment by pageviews, I agree this is a terrible idea, and one that comes from a very old media mindset of eyeballs-equals-cash. It makes for short-termism rather than a longer view. For example, I could stuff my blog with frequent posts, but it’s actually the more thought-out and irregular posts that attract the most views over a longer period of time.


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