Posts Tagged ‘Non-profit journalism’

Every citizen must be a journalist

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Welcome to 21st Century America, fellow journalist. Yes, that means you.

Technology today makes it possible for every citizen to be one. Every citizen should take advantage of that blessing before it becomes a curse of political and cultural incoherence.

No, don’t just blather about facts the declining ranks of professional journalists gather strenuously in pursuit of their blighted calling, but go out and dig up some news. Then publish it.

Study proposed government budgets and attend a city council meeting or state legislative session to ask some tough questions.

Most local and state leaders right now are stitching a shroud of deceptions and lies that will indenture our children and grandchildren even as it bankrupts this generation while cutting public services and decimating essential infrastructure.

Get the budget and compare it to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that increasingly must include the real numbers governments are allowed to keep off their books.

Check’s links to the annual reports and Guide to Reviewing Government Budgets. Then show up, ask questions and publish politicians’ answers in the myriad forms now enabled by the Web.

Track millions of dollars in federal taxes on to make sure nobody along the chaotic gravy pipeline gets confused about whose pocket the money should go into.

You must probe government, church and business as check and balance because the tattered Fourth Estate cannot do it anymore. According to the 6th annual Pew Research Center State of the News Media 2009, working professional journalists have been cut by more than 20 percent in recent years.

Journalism always was the people’s profession anyway, because under the First Amendment there can be no government licensing or permission required to practice it.

The very technology contributing to traditional media’s inability to pay professional journalists provides unprecedented, powerful tools for citizens to gather and publish news.

Use to keep up with issues a majority of adults are supposed to approve, like the recent vote in Oregon to impose ruinous taxes on a state economy already beleaguered by recession.

That is a perfect example of why average citizens must become informed and involved. The $733 million in new taxes passed 688,049 to 579,538, a margin of 108,511 votes in a turnout of 62 percent of registered voters compared to almost 86 percent in the presidential election.

Oregon has almost 300,000 government employees. Public worker unions pumped $7 million in tax money into passing the taxes. Opponents had about $4.5 million.

It means fewer than 25 percent of adults consented to increase the taxes of all because so many stayed home.

Any citizens who think gathering hard news and pushing it out every way possible is somebody else’s job should think about recent revelations of self-proclaimed religious leaders aiding and abetting felonies against children and financial leaders who sucker punched and robbed us, and now use our government to extort money for their bonuses.

Obviously, traditional media didn’t exactly get the job done, though a few reported stories that too many Americans ignored.

Now is the time to join the news movement. People are joining. But not enough.

According to the Pew Foundation Biennial Survey of People and The Press, non-traditional news media “are a new feature of American journalism worth watching. For now, our sense is that they represent something complementary to the traditional news media, …. Yet something new is going on here that could grow beyond that.”

However research shows “Online news outlets … are viewed with more skepticism than their print, broadcast and cable counterparts.”

That may be why traditional media Web sites dominate online news, though their growth appears to be flattening, according to figures just released by the Newspaper Association of America.

For alternative journalists, such as nonprofits, associations and activist citizens, these numbers present an opportunity to blog, tweet, create Web sites and use social networks to publish news.

If you get some training, build credibility and score exclusive news traditional outlets cannot pursue, it provides them with an opportunity to pick up good content to serve their readers and viewers for free. That is the magic word in 21st Century journalism.

The future can be a symbiotic information relationship that empowers all citizens and builds a better America.

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Geoff Dougherty on Journalism’s New Business Models

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Chicago Journalist on his latest endeavor

A Great Set of Links

Monday, October 5th, 2009

David Shedden of Poynter kills two new-media birds with one stone, exploring the upward trend of non-profit journalism by utilizing a Google RSS feed. Impressive:

The Road to Non-Profit (Audio)
Bob Garfield’s Interview with Jim Barnett, On the Media, Aug. 21, 2009

Nonprofit Globe No Easy Fix
Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Herald, Aug. 3, 2009

Nonprofits See a Revenue Model: Universities
David Westphal, Communication Leadership Blog, Jul. 23, 2009

Open for Business
If you want readers to buy news, what exactly will you sell? The case for a free/paid hybrid
Michael Shapiro, CJR, July/August 2009

One Newspaper, Many Checkbooks
Clark Hoyt, New York Times, Jul. 18, 2009

New York Times Considers Foundation Funding for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jul. 17, 2009

Déjà Vu Not: Washington Post, Kaiser in Promising New Venture
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jul. 8, 2009

Nonprofit news organizations form network but bring different priorities
Lois Beckett, Nieman Journalism Lab, Jul. 7, 2009

The low-profit newspaper route
James T. Hamilton, The News & Observer, Jul. 6, 2009

CCLP Report Details Growing Philanthropic Support for Journalism
Geoffrey Baum, Communication Leadership Blog, Jul. 3, 2009
(See also: Philanthropic Foundations: Growing Funders of the News
David Westphal, Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, Jul. 2009)

The Pocantico Declaration: Creating a Nonprofit Investigative News Network
Building an Investigative News Network Conference, Jul. 1, 2009
(See also: Center Joins New Nonprofit Investigative News Network
Center for Public Integrity, Jul. 2, 2009)

Getting It for Free: When Foundations Provide the News on Health
Maralee Schwartz, Shorenstein Center, Jun. 2009

A nonprofit newspaper in San Juan could be part of new trend
Frances Robles, Miami Herald, Jun. 27, 2009

Group Explores National Investigative Reporting Network
David Westphal, NewsPay, Jun. 29, 2009

Will Philanthropy And Media Team Up To Create An Investigative-News Network?
David Kaplan, paidContent, Jun. 25, 2009

A.P. in Deal to Deliver Nonprofits’ Journalism
Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times Jun. 13, 2009

New Media Makers Toolkit
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism,
Knight Citizen News Network, June 2, 2009
(See also: Funding Database and Report)

Kaiser Family Foundation Launches New Non-Profit Health Policy News Service
Kaiser Family Foundation, June 1, 2009

Duke Nonprofit Media Conference
Sanford Institute of Public Policy, May 4-5, 2009
(See also: The Road Ahead for Media Hybrids)

Bullish: Investigative reporting nonprofits
David Westphal, Communication Leadership Blog, May 12, 2009

Non-For-Profit Isn’t A Business Model For Newspapers
Lauren Rich Fine,, May 7, 2009

Senate Hearing Weighs Newspapers as Nonprofits
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, May 6, 2009

A Nonprofit Times?
Steve Coll, Think Tank/The New Yorker, Apr. 27, 2009
(See also: A Nonprofit Model for The New York Times?
Penelope Muse Abernathy, Duke Nonprofit Media Conference, May 2009)

Spare change for news
Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon, Apr. 13, 2009

News University Course: Reporting on Nonprofits
Suzanne Coffman and Chuck McLean, Poynter/GuideStar, Apr. 2009

A Plan to Save Our Free Press
Benjamin L. Cardin, The Washington Post, Apr. 3, 2009

Huffington Post Investigative Team a Nonprofit Model in the Making
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Apr. 2, 2009

Newspapers as non-profits? Tax savings but some big downsides
David Westphal, Communication Leadership & Policy, Mar. 27, 2009

Nonprofit Newspaper Bill: No Help for Web-Only Operations
Steve Myers, Poynter, Mar. 26, 2009

A Morning-After Take on the Nonprofit Newspaper Bill
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Mar. 25, 2009

Analysis of the Newspaper Revitalization Act
Robert G. Picard, The Media Business, Mar. 25, 2009

Editors Give Cardin Nonprofit Newspaper Proposal Mixed Reviews
Maren Wright, Southern Maryland Online, Mar. 24, 2009

Senator Cardin Introduces Bill that Would Allow American Newspapers to Operate as Non-Profits
Press Release of Senator Cardin, Mar. 24, 2009
(See also: full text of the Newspaper Revitalization bill)

Definition of Nonprofit Organization
Citizen Media Law Project, Berkman Center, Harvard University

Maryland Senator Introduces Bill Allowing Newspapers to Become Nonprofits
Rick Edmonds, Poynter, Mar. 24, 2009

Businessmen Offer Help to Turn SF Chronicle Into Nonprofit
Julie Moos, Poynter, Mar. 22, 2009

It’s Time for Newspapers to Become Nonprofit Organizations
Vince Stehle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy/GFEM Mar. 12, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle: Who Would Fund America’s Largest Nonprofit Newspaper?
Ryan Tate, Valleyway,, Mar 10, 2009

Nonprofit Status More Tool than Solution for Mother Jones
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 7, 2009

Mother Jones Tests Nonprofit Model in Race to Survive the Recession
Tim Arango, The New York Times, Mar. 6, 2009

Decline in Newspapers Renews Idea of Nonprofits
John Christoffersen, Associated Press /, Mar. 2, 2009

A Nonprofit Panacea For Newspapers? Part Two (Part One) (Audio)
David Folkenflik, NPR, Feb. 6, 2009

ProPublica: could the non-profit model be the saviour of the newspaper industry?
Emma Heald, Editors Weblog, Feb. 6, 2009

Nonprofit Newspapers (Part Two)
Steve Coll, Think Tank: Online Only: The New Yorker, Jan. 28, 2009

Non-profit Endowments as a Future for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jan. 28, 2009

News You Can Endow
By David Swensen and Michael Schmidt, The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2009

Sure, Newspapers Could Just Die A Painful Death; But Here’s Another Option
Lauren Rich Fine,, Dec. 4, 2008

Bill Baker: Is there a nonprofit future for American journalism?
Edward J. Delaney, Nieman Journalism Lab, Dec. 2, 2008

The Nightly News, Not-For-Profit
Gilbert Cruz, Time, Jul. 9, 2008

Non-profit Groups Financing Independent Journalism
PBS Online NewsHour, June 24, 2008

MinnPost: Nonprofit News Site Reaches Six Months
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, May 8, 2008

Seeking New Ways to Nurture the Capacity to Report
Charles Lewis, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

New Sources of Funding, New Sources of Reporting
Gilbert Cranberg, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Going Online With Watchdog Journalism
Paul E. Steiger, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Watchdog Reporting: Exploring Its Myth
Florence Graves, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Understanding the Value of Investigative Reporting
Bill Buzenberg, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

When a Few Dollars Make a Big Difference
John Hyde, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Fund for Investigative Journalism: Practices and Policies
John Hyde, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Seeking Support for Investigative Projects
Rachel Schaff, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Good Journalism Can Be Good Business
Daniel Brogan, Nieman Reports, Spring 2008

Nonprofit News
Carol Guensburg, AJR, Feb./Mar. 2008

Nonprofit Journalism on the Rise
Randy Dotinga, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 12, 2008

Nonprofit News Hounds: Philanthropists pay to start journalism ventures
Suzanne Perry, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nov. 1, 2007

The Nonprofit Road: It’s Paved Not with Gold, but with Good Journalism
Charles Lewis, CJR, Sep.- Oct. 2007

The Growing Importance of Nonprofit Journalism
Charles Lewis, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, 2007

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