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. Continue reading Changing journalism philanthropy — and practice: A shared metamorphosis
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. Continue reading Priority problems: Journalism’s position in the charitable-giving ecosystem
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, Continue reading Why not just pay more journalists? The crisis of journalism as metaphor
The Watershed Media Project is a new initiative to research and develop grassroots funding, production and promotional models for independent, public-interest journalism and media. Watershed will grow by achieving a series of small, simple, incremental goals over longer periods of Continue reading Introducing the Watershed Media Project