Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Diane Rehm's Take

In case you missed it, here's a link to Diane Rehm's recent radio show focusing on nonprofit journalism.

There are some familiar themes -- the astounding numbers of cuts in newsroom jobs, for example -- but Rehm also pushed hard to get her four guests to tout the benefits of the nonprofit model in addressing readers' distrust of news media.

The best answer came from Ken Doctor, who said the nonprofit model can help newsrooms pursue a "purer mission in a way" than traditional, for-profit media that always have had to balance news judgment against commercial considerations. The key, however, is transparency, Doctor said. "Readers can come to a better idea of exactly what they're reading," he said.

Another good answer came from Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, who talked about the benefits of membership in generating engagement and support from the community the nonprofit serves.

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