Non-profit Archive

  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Report by Tim Dawson With a UK Communications Bill White Paper expected in early 2013, there is a growing hope that one of its provisions might be to make it easier for local newspapers to operate as charities.  A consortium of charities and trusts has already made a submission to this effect to the Department […]

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  • Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Today brings the launch of Australian news websiteThe Global Mail, one of the best-funded public journalism initiatives the digital age has seen to date. With a mission to provide independent, quality journalism – strapline ‘our audience is our only agenda’ – and generously bankrolled by Australian web-preneur Graeme Wood, the site’s […]

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  • From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Its bleak industrial landscape was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, with its population of diverse life-forms evolving new ways of being in the struggle for survival. And now, Port Talbot’s bleak media landscape is … You get the idea. While on the one hand, Port Talbot is the perfect […]

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  • Experts to debate not-for-profit models for journalism

    Experts to debate not-for-profit models for journalism

    Guest post by Tom Davies. We hear it so often it’s almost become a cliché: old media structures are crumbling, their business models in shreds, no longer able to serve readers and journalists adequately. The crisis is most acute in local media, though by no means limited to it, yet the need for good journalism […]

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  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit organisation established to help reverse the decline of investigative journalism in Britain, celebrates its first birthday today. Launched on 26th April 2010 thanks to a £2 million grant from the Potter foundation, the organisation espouses an unashamedly non-commercial funding model, conducting the kind […]

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  • Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Case study by Tim Dawson. Michael Heseltine always enjoyed being considered one of the ‘big beasts’ of British politics.  Less well known, until recently, is that he has long been a recipient of around £90,000 of annual funding from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Lord Hesseltine, who founded the magazine company Haymarket, is thought […]

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  • American innovations fill news gap

    American innovations fill news gap

    A round of awards for journalistic innovation from the US highlight some of the emerging solutions to the crisis in news reporting. This year’s Knight-Batten Innovation Awards run by J-Lab, which promote the use of digital technology to get people involved in public life, rewards some path-breaking initiatives. The winner of the top prize Sunlight […]

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  • The cooperative – an old model for new journalism?

    The cooperative – an old model for new journalism?

    Could one of the new models for journalism include a time-honoured model – the cooperative? It seems almost a no-brainer. There are now so many journalists frustrated by the difficulties of practising their trade in an environment dominated by profit-hungry executives uninterested journalism’s traditional values that you’d think we’d be getting together and, well, cooperating. […]

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  • The quest for a new model for journalism

    The quest for a new model for journalism

    What is the new model that will sustain the journalism of the future? The posts below – the fruits of a conference hosted by the NUJ earlier in the year – represent some of the first answers to this question. Some are dispatches from the founders of start-ups; others offer early observation by media-watchers of […]

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