Tuesday, March 30, 2010

John Thornton, Myth-Buster

Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector in journalism have gotten used to what Texas Tribune founder John Thornton calls the "familiar refrains" of those who moan and groan about how the nonprofit model simply won't work because there's not enough foundation money, how nonprofits could never replace legacy media, blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada.

The latest installment comes from Alan Mutter. Why today? I'm not sure. But it's worth reading his post and then John's response. Unlike Alan, John has lived and breathed the nonprofit model, and their experiences (or lack thereof) are revealed clearly in what they write. Alan builds the nonprofit model into an easily felled straw man. But John sees it for what it is -- one way (of many) to fill the growing void of socially responsible journalism.

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