Update: Wow, y’all have fully funded Andrew’s pitch! Matty could still use your help, let’s do this thing!

We always feel awkward asking you for money — we’d just rather you buy an ad. But we have a way for you to give some of our contributors money, and it won’t cost you a dime, just a bit of hassle.

Here’s the deal: Spot.us, the journalism funding site (it’s like Kickstarter for reporters), has a sponsor named “Mortgage Revolution” that will donate $5 to the pitch of your choice if you “register” to use Spot.us and take a brief survey. Again, registering for a site and asking you to take a survey leaves us a little uncomfortable, so if you don’t want to do it, we totally understand! But if you’re cool with that, here’s what you can do:

Go to Spot.us, and click “register” on the upper left of the site. Fill out the little form that pops up, then click on “Earn Credits” at the top of the site.


You’ll be sent to a survey that’s pretty quick and easy to complete, it’s three questions. Once you finish, you’ll get a window that’ll show you a list of pitches on the site you can spend your $5 credit on.

Appeal staffers Matt Baume and Andrew Dalton both have pitches on that list: Andrew’s is How is San Francisco Portrayed through Mainstream Entertainment and Popular Culture?, Matt’s is How Many Crimes Against LGBTs go Unreported?

There are many other great pitches on the list, too, but we hope you’ll consider depositing your $5 with one of our folks. And, of course, if you choose to dedicate some of your personal funds to the cause, that’s great, too! All the money donated in support of these stories goes straight to the reporter (neither Spot.us nor the Appeal take a cut).

And that glow of self satisfaction for supporting some scrappy journalists? Yeah, that’s free.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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