Produced for the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, October 2016, by Peggy Holman (Journalism That Matters), Kyle Bozentko (The Jefferson Center), and Josh Wilson (Watershed Media Project). Download a PDF of the anonymized survey results View the original survey Sample details Distribution: The survey was distributed to members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, […]
A conversation about public media in the Garden State with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Molly de Aguiar WATERSHED: Your organization is a longtime, mainline public-media funder — and a household fixture in North Jersey in the ’70s and ’80s, via the public-broadcasting anchors WNET and WNYC. How has the emergence of the small news […]
One of the best things that has come out of the futurist vision for journalism has been the idea of the “information needs of communities” — a bland, technocratic but ruthless turn of phrase, full of demands and expectations. Demands for information enfranchisement. Expectations of equal access, and of relevance. Yet information inequity is persistent […]
Germane to Watershed’s recent call for more commissioning of independent news content, a small sign of the times is Knight Foundation’s $500K investment in an innovative-storytelling fund operated by VICE Media and the City University of New York. The funding (described as an “investment” in the press release, presumably due to the fact that VICE […]
Nonprofit journalism — and in particular its public-interest practice in neglected and marginalized communities — is critically underfunded, and journalists and their advocates are in a great position to lead systemic change.
Amidst the news industry’s many challenges, and the hopeful flowering of a new nonprofit-news movement, the low position of public-interest news reporting in the charitable ecosystem is a troubling puzzle.
It also speaks poorly of our cultural and democratic priorities. Billions are spent on media that sell and influence, producing messages that serve vested political and commercial interests — yet the room sure clears out fast when the conversation turns to the topic of paying for public-interest journalism.
Ecological metaphors have been put to effective use for journalism critique and advocacy by The Ohio University’s Michelle Ferrier and Tom Stites of the Banyan Project (both of whom I know through the Journalism That Matters community). “News deserts” are what Stites describes as places on the map where “original reporting has dried up.” The […]
Media critic Jack Shafer makes an interesting connection between Ezra Klein’s post-Wonkblog chances with Vox Media and some crusty old investing advice from Warren Buffett that dates back to the archaic era of 2001. In the era of “personal brand journalism,” Vox Media (“Talented Voices. Passionate Audiences.”) is putting money down on Klein’s star power. […]
Ask Pete Tridish about the future of radio, and he’d likely say “barn raisings.” As founder of Prometheus Radio Project, and now of International Media Action (“a nonprofit radio engineering crew”), he’s put up countless local-radio transmitters in such far-flung locales as Nicaragua, Colombia, Tunis, Idaho and Spokane. Wait — radio transmitters? Isn’t the conventional […]
In which a vision of the future creates drought and desiccation in the present. Let’s talk about metaphors. “The future of journalism,” for example. It packs a punch! It’s powerful and inspiring, suggesting continuity and achievement. The past — gears, ink and union pressmen. The future — mobile media, apps and seamless user experiences. The […]