Soup kitchens of the information superhighway — journalism’s inequity problem

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 Continue reading Soup kitchens of the information superhighway — journalism’s inequity problem

Changing journalism philanthropy — and practice: A shared metamorphosis

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

Priority problems: Journalism’s position in the charitable-giving ecosystem

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

Why not just pay more journalists? The crisis of journalism as metaphor

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