This short piece from NPR interviews several foundation executives on the challenges of spending the dollars in the federal stimulus bill well.
"The art of doling out stimulus dollars"
I was struck by the juxtaposition of the above story - which relies on the expertise of professionals in setting goals and monitoring them - with the approach of ShovelWatch - a crowdsourced effort to watch those same dollars.
ShovelWatch is a joint effort of PRI's The TakeAway, WNYC, and ProPublica. This effort intrigues me not only as a means of monitoring major spending and policy implementation, but for what it might mean in the raging, lived debates over the future of journalism and news.