Nonprofits Use Data Journalism To Earn Income

Nonprofits are using data journalism to bring in earned income, diversifying their bases from over-reliance on fundraising. Here are some examples that include selling access (ProPublica), microsurveys (Texas Tribune), and bartering for office space (Voice of San Diego).

Source: PBS Ideas Lab

Posted on: July 26, 2014

Donor Pulls Plug on Australia’s Global Mail

After just two years support, Australian tech tycoon Graeme Wood has reneged on his pledge to fund online start-up Global Mail with $15 to $20 million for five years. "His announcement almost certainly spells the end of Australia’s first major experiment with philanthropically-funded journalism," wrote the Sydney Morning Herald. The move is a stark reminder to journalism nonprofits of the need to diversify income.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Posted on: February 8, 2014

Consumers Want More Investigative News

Despite the hard hits taken by investigative teams, US audiences rank investigative stories second only to weather in what they want from news, according to a survey of 1,000 consumers. A related survey of media executives found that 68% feel investigative journalism should have a bigger role in their newsrooms, but 47% say they don’t have the support to accomplish that.

Source: TVNewsCheck

Posted on: July 7, 2013

France’s Mediapart Builds Subscription Model

NPR profiles the French online news site Mediapart. Through a subscription model, Mediapart has become a profitable enterprise committed to investigative reporting, with 46 full-time journalists and 75,000 subscribers who pay 90 euros per year.

Source: National Public Radio

Posted on: July 5, 2013

The Third Way: Towards Foundation-Based Media

German journalism professor and media researcher Stephan Weichert says we should move to a more foundation-based media system. While the market-driven media system has worked well for years, the need for alternative revenue models is growing in order to cope with the challenges ahead.

Source: journalismfund.eu

Posted on: June 26, 2013