The credentials of those behind this new platform are impressive. Editor Sarah Hartley worked for more than a decade at Guardian Media Group; developer Dan Catt helped build Flickr; and Matt McAlister, as a business development person at Guardian Media Group, has been involved with digital publishing since 1994.
Writers propose story ideas in Month One, and members back stories collectively using points allocated to them from their membership fees. Commissioning options are also available to media organisations to supplement the community’s crowd-funding activities.
Then collaborative editing tools help writers work together with their peers in Month Two to improve the quality of their output. Contributoria has partnered with Poeti.ca to enable live co-editing with other community members.
Lastly, final versions of articles produced by the community are published on the Contributoria web site in Month Three where they will remain free to the public and available for re-use with a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC). Writers whose works get published are paid using the community’s membership funding pool.
Contributoria received funding via a Google-sponsored news innovation contest run by the International Press Institute. During this initial beta phase, membership is free.
[Editor's Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Hartley's last name as Hartely. FishbowlNY apologizes for the error.]