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?

Persephone Miel: What Should PBS Do?

[Interview conducted April 14, 2009. Miel died in 2010, and asked to be remembered through a reporting fellowship managed by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Your donations will support the fellowship’s growth.] Internews Network’s PERSEPHONE MIEL, a recent fellow Continue reading Persephone Miel: What Should PBS Do?

Talking Public Media: Conversations About Media & Democracy

What, exactly, is “public media” in an era of vanishing newspapers, expanding Internet and wireless networks, empowered publics and an increasingly lively (if chaotic) nonprofit-news sector? Talking Public Media pursued this fluid notion in conversation with diverse journalism practitioners, advocates, Continue reading Talking Public Media: Conversations About Media & Democracy