Nonprofit news

The nature of grants that fund nonprofit news organizations

In all, more foundations surveyed said they are funding nonprofit journalism — both to nonprofit media and in collaborations with commercial media — than they were five years ago. That finding is consistent with what the Foundation Center, Knight Foundation and Media Impact Funders have found elsewhere. In all, 43 percent of funders said the […]

Most funders think donations to news organizations meet their objectives

In the end, do funders think their underwriting of media is accomplishing what they want? More than half of foundations said they consider their media grantmaking a success; generally accomplishing their objectives, and a few exceeding them. Very few report falling short of their objectives. However, about 35 percent did not answer the question, skipping […]

25 simple ideas nonprofit (and for-profit) newsrooms can’t afford to ignore

Heading into 2016, Poynter’s Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Ren LaForme lay out 25 simple but essential ideas they observed in newsrooms in 2015. Though these ideas are targeted to nonprofit newsrooms, they remain relevant for other newsrooms as well. Some of their ideas include don’t pay for something (such as analytics software or other digital tools) […]

Gerry Lenfest donates Philadelphia Media Network to to a newly created media nonprofit, Philadelphia Foundation

You might have heard: Less than two years ago, philanthropist Gerry Lenfest became the sole owner of Philadelphia Media Network, then saying, “I’ve given over a billion dollars away to charitable causes, but nothing I’ve done has the importance of saving these [Philadelphia] newspapers.” But did you know: Gerry Lenfest, the owner of The Philadelphia […]

Steve Coll: Columbia’s spat with Exxon highlights a new gray area in nonprofit journalism ethics

After a team from Columbia School of Journalism published a two-part investigation on Exxon Mobil in the Los Angeles Times, Exxon sent a list of complaints to Columbia, highlighting what Columbia School of Journalism dean Steve Coll says is an emerging gray area in nonprofit journalism. Coll says: “Journalism standards and journalism protocols and journalism […]

Questions rise around the LA Times’ funding of its education reporting, which includes foundations that advocate for public education reform

The Los Angeles Times’ project Education Matters, which launched this summer, aimed to expand the paper’s coverage of local education and “provide an ongoing, wide-ranging report card on K-12 education,” funded by charitable organizations. But some critics are now questioning the LA Times’ funding of the project, which includes foundations that are “among the most […]

How a reporter at a nonprofit news outlet uncovered a big corruption story that other news outlets missed

Sarah Karp, a reporter for education-focused nonprofit magazine Catalyst Chicago, spurred a federal investigation by uncovering a story of corruption in Chicago Public Schools and its leaders by reading through Board of Education reports — but when she asked larger news outlets to report on the story and bring it to a larger audience, they […]

Why German investigative nonprofit CORRECT!V is looking to move to a membership model

In the year since Germany’s CORRECT!V was launched, it has published and sold ebooks on its investigations, collaborated with major German papers such as Die Zeit, and held freedom-of-information request trainings. CORRECT!V has about $3.4 million in foundation funding, but it’s looking to move to a membership model and has a goal of 5,000 members […]

Tips for seeking foundation funding: Identify a problem your project could help solve

Foundations are more likely to fund journalism projects that could help solve a problem they consider a priority, Michele McLellan writes. When seeking funding from foundations, McLellan recommends staying away from pitching projects as “saving journalism” and instead focus on specific problems your project can solve. For example, the California Endowment, which is interested in […]

A nonprofit news startup in Philadelphia is searching for ideas that can be replicated in the city

Earlier this year, nonprofit news startup the Philadelphia Citizen launched “Ideas We Should Steal,” a series that highlights successful programs and initiatives outside Philadelphia that could be applied in the city. For example, a recent post looked at a plan in New York City for judges to eliminate bail for low-risk defendants accused of nonviolent […]