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

Charles Lewis: How to Start a News Nonprofit

[Interview conducted May 2008] A former 60 Minutes producer, Charles Lewis hit hard limits on what he could cover in the commercial sector. So he jumped ship, and embarked on the “tough slog” of building his own nonprofit news outlet Continue reading Charles Lewis: How to Start a News Nonprofit