Nonprofit Journalism?

A little off my normal beat, but oh well.

With the increase in corporate newspaper publishing and the decrease in reporting staffs salaries and ad revenue, the Columbia Journalism Review wonders if it isn’t time for someone to apply the nonprofit model to newspapers.

One non-for-profit example already out there is, of course, the Associated Press, which has been serving news to most of the world since 1846.

Others: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Harper’s, and Consumer Reports (from the magazine side of things).

As things are, writer Charles Lewis goes on, in-depth, investigative reporting already finds a home (and funding) in nonprofit organizations–in contrast to profit-driven newsrooms that do not always have the time and resources to devote to long-term, low-return projects.

Apparently, journalists are ready for the change too. “More than at any time I can remember in the past thirty years,” Lewis writes, “respected journalists in the U.S. and around the world, frustrated by what has become of their profession appear to be increasingly interested in carpe diem entrepreneurship, in starting, leading, or working in new nonprofit newsrooms locally, nationally, and even internationally.”


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