Journalism’s New Patrons: Newspapers deepen embrace of philanthropy

[Commentary] Until recently, it was unthinkable that newspapers would become major recipients of charitable subsidies. But as newsroom layoffs continue with no apparent end, increasingly they are seeking philanthropic support, and the nonprofit world is delivering. In recent months, the nonprofit sector has grown even more aggressive in providing firepower for traditional media, including newspapers. Nationally, though, the biggest splash could come from Report for America, which aims to enrich coverage of underserved communities. Feb 8 it’s announcing additional reporters in 2018 at nine news organizations ranging from digital native Mississippi Today to the Dallas Morning News. And in the next few years, it projects rapid growth: 250 reporters by 2020, and 1,000 by 2022. 

[David Westphal is a senior fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.]


Journalism’s New Patrons: Newspapers deepen embrace of philanthropy