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

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

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

Geneva Overholser: ‘Public Media’ or Public Interest?

[Interview conducted May 2008] It was in the depths of 2006, with the severity of the media crisis only deepening, that GENEVA OVERHOLSER — former editor of the Pulitzer-winning Des Moines Register, ombudsman for The Washington Post, and currently director Continue reading Geneva Overholser: ‘Public Media’ or Public Interest?