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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 […]

How nonprofit newsrooms can use shareholder reports to show their impact

“The impact of nonprofit news is like any good story — if no one reads it or hears about it … your job is only halfway done,” the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Lauren Fuhrmann and Mara Jezior write. To that end, the center publishes an annual report every November, which allows the communities it […]

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 […]

What’s missing from investigative journalism right now: Time and funding

“Stories that truly reveal something about the way power works” can’t happen in our current framework, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write. Investigative journalism requires time for reporting — and time costs money. To that end, Mother Jones is calling for its readers to make a tax-deductible, recurring gift to supplement foundation funding, which Bauerlein […]

A Boston journalism nonprofit is among the first publishers to sell subscriptions on Medium

You might have heard: Nonprofit funding is becoming an important source of support for a new cohort of non-commercial news organizations and a growing number of commercial news publishers, which are partnering with nonprofit media and in some cases accepting direct grants themselves But did you know: Chris Faraone founded the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism […]

Charting new ground: The ethical terrain of nonprofit journalism

Overview A different kind of revenue, one that has nothing to do with advertising or subscriptions, is playing a larger role in journalism today. Nonprofit funding, once largely the province of public broadcasting, is becoming an important source of support for a new cohort of non-commercial news organizations —  many of them digital natives — […]

Don’t compromise standards to please funders

This essay is part of “Charting new ground: The ethical terrain of nonprofit journalism,” API research exploring the philanthropic funding of journalism. Read the other essays. As the business of news has been disrupted, and the means of distribution for news revolutionized, I hope we can agree that our news values have remained unwavering and […]

Essays on the ethics of funders and nonprofit media

Surveys can be a valuable research tool because they can offer some sense of scale. But they do not allow respondents to articulate their ideas in depth. As a consequence, we commissioned five essays from prominent stakeholders in the journalism-funding eco-system: Two are from nonprofit news outlets, two from foundations that fund media, and one […]

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