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Guidance on philanthropic funding of media and news

As nonprofit funding of news grows, what are the best practices for ensuring editorial independence? The following two sets of broad guidelines of best practices, one for funders and another for nonprofit media organizations, are the product of more than two years of work exploring the question. That work began with surveys of funders, nonprofit […]

Guiding principles for funders of nonprofit media

Philanthropy increasingly provides important support for nonprofit journalism. Funders have varying reasons for supporting journalism and media. Some support journalism as a field unto itself, and a public good. Others see journalism and media as integral to their focus on democracy and civic engagement and participation. And still others may be primarily motivated by the […]

Guiding principles for nonprofit newsrooms

Journalism produced by nonprofit newsrooms is becoming a more important part of the media landscape and foundation support. In addition, increasing numbers of commercial news publishers are partnering with nonprofit media, and in some cases, accepting direct grants themselves. The following principles were collected by and for nonprofit media and are offered as a guide […]

96 percent of money journalists contributed to the presidential campaigns went to Clinton

You might have heard: Many news organizations, including The New York Times,Associated Press and NPR, forbid their journalists from contributing to political campaigns But did you know: Through August, about 480 journalists have contributed almost $400,000 to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Center for Public Integrity found. And among the […]

Some are threatening to boycott Peter Thiel, but it’s nearly impossible to boycott him

In a post on Medium, Ellen Pao explains why Project Include has chosen to cut ties with Peter Thiel after Thiel funded a lawsuit against Gawker, expressed negative views on women’s voting rights and donated $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign, the latest in a string of threats to boycott Thiel. But boycotting Thiel is easier […]

API continues conversations on the ethics of nonprofit funding in news

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 […]

The similarities between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and journalists: Both are expected to be ‘objective,’ but no one is a truly neutral observer

In the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarks on Trump and her apology, there’s a piece of the conversation missing, Ezra Klein writes. Ginsburg is expected to be an “objective,” neutral observer, but no one is a truly neutral observer. Klein writes: “This is the problem with confusing ‘objectivity’ with objectivity. It might be nice […]

‘Face it, Facebook. You’re in the news business’

Though Facebook may not want to acknowledge its role in the news universe, it’s still forced to make many of the same decisions that news organizations must make: Questions like “Should a TV network air a terrorist beheading?” have their equivalents on social media. Margaret Sullivan writes: “Yes, social media platforms are businesses. They have […]

New report asks whether journalists should be neutral in the face of ISIS

How much information do we need from the darkest places of the world? That’s one of several questions posed in “The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS,” a paper by Paul Wood, a BBC correspondent and 2015 Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Wood details ISIS kidnappings, and his own reporting on conflict in Syria. […]

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