Pivot to the Intention Economy

When it comes to civic media, the attention economy is not adequate to the task of serving the unmet information needs of neglected communities. An intention economy can address this shortcoming. Continue reading Pivot to the Intention Economy

“Fundamentally, our work is about building relationships and trust”

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, Continue reading “Fundamentally, our work is about building relationships and trust”

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