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  • Spot.Us is a non-profit organization designed to bring citizens, journalists, and news publishers together in an online marketplace based on crowdsourcing and crowdfunding methods and principles. It was founded in 2008 by David Cohn, who received a $340,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to pursue his idea. In November 2011 it was bought by American Public Media. While providing a new option for funding journalism, it also has raised questions about activism and new sorts of conflict of interest. Spot.Us originally focused on projects in the San Francisco Bay area, where it is headquartered. It expanded to Los Angeles in 2009 and plans to expand its scope to a national or international level.