As journalism’s traditional business models continue to shift, more news organizations are turning to nonprofit and foundation support as a way to support their journalism. But taking money from private foundations rather than commercial advertisers comes with its own ethical issues concerning how news organizations maintain their editorial independence. Funding can be often more tied […]
Laurie Beth Harris
Laurie Beth Harris is the Editorial Coordinator of the American Press Institute.
She is the former copy fellow at Southern Living magazine. Laurie Beth is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Journalism driven by stakeholders: 9 good questions with Stakeholder Media Project’s Mark Lee Hunter
More media organizations are being created and controlled by the people who are invested in the issues their organizations are covering, according to Mark Lee Hunter. This form of journalism, called “stakeholder-driven media,” is changing our media landscape and offers lessons for traditional news organizations in building community. Hunter defines stakeholder-driven media as “media [that] […]
Studies have shown that trust in the media is at an all-time low. Especially after a particularly contentious election season, building relationships with readers is essential for newsrooms. Research from API shows that building trust with readers is not only a journalistic aspiration, but a business imperative. People who put a higher premium on trust […]
“The results of [investigative] reporting do not come cheaply, but they are a bargain to society,” James T. Hamilton writes in his new book Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, out this month from Harvard University Press. Through his research, Hamilton, the Hearst Professor of Journalism at Stanford University, finds that while investigative journalism […]
Research from API shows that the ethics of taking grants from foundations and gifts from donors to produce news are not fully charted and not without controversy. Nonprofit funding of news also appears likely to grow, including in new ways. Just this month, Philadelphia’s Institute for Journalism in New Media, which will own the for-profit […]
NPR announced this week that it would discontinue story-page comments on Aug. 23, in favor of engaging with its readers in other spaces, such as social media. Analyzing its audience, NPR found that only a small percentage of its readers were using the comment section: Only 1 percent of NPR’s 25 to 35 million unique […]
This week, we’re excited to welcome our new summer fellow, Kasia Kovacs. Kasia is a master’s student at the University of Missouri, studying news reporting with a focus on investigative reporting. She is expected to graduate in December 2016. Kasia also holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and critical theory from William Jewell College. While studying […]
Email newsletters are in the midst of a renaissance, and new email newsletter Clover is taking advantage of the medium to reach teenage girls. Started by former magazine editors Casey Lewis and Liza Darwin, Clover aims to inform teenage girls about the news that matters to them in a way that feels new and fresh. […]
This week, we’re excited to welcome our new summer fellow, Katie Yaeger. Katie graduated from the University of Missouri this spring with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She will return to the Missouri School of Journalism in the fall to pursue her master’s in strategic communication. While studying at the University of Missouri, Katie served as the director of […]