The last decade has witnessed a dramatic decline in the presence and influence of legacy news organizations. This decline has led to tremendous growth in news startups, which have attempted to fill the gap left by their legacy counterparts by producing the quality public service journalism upon which the health of U.S. democracy depends. If legacy news organizations, with their existing infrastructure, are failing, can these startups do any better? This question lies
at the heart of Journalism Without Profit.
Magda Konieczna explores three prominent news nonprofits: the Center for Public Integrity, one of the oldest and largest of its kind; the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a university-based watchdog news organization that relies on others to publish its work; and MinnPost, an online news website. Through in-depth study of the practices of each newsroom, Konieczna isolates one common behavior that will contribute to their success: the way these organizations collaborate and share
stories. Though this emergent behavior differentiates news nonprofits from the mainstream journalism from which they arose, it also ties the two forms of journalism together, as news nonprofits attempt to share stories with mainstream publications. In other words, the very behavior that may enable
these organizations to do better than their mainstream counterparts also limits their ability to evolve much beyond them.
In one of the first major books to focus on nonprofit journalism, Konieczna investigates the major questions that will open the field up to further study. Where did nonprofit news come from, and where is it going? Who funds it, and why? Ultimately, Konieczna offers a new way to think about the seismic changes in journalism that are defining the 21st-century.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 582 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 21 mm
Is non-profit journalism here to stay? This book explains the financial and the cultural challenges of the future of journalism and demystifies one of the most important possible solutions. * Nikki Usher, PhD, associate professor at The George Washington University and author of Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code
In the early 21st century, most journalism is struggling to make money. Rather than simply lamenting this fact, Magda Konieczna looks at one of the most unexpected and innovative responses to the journalism crisis: the rise of not-for-profit news. Journalism Without Profit is a timely and empirically rich overview of a variety of new journalistic actors, as well as a subtle theoretical interrogation of the relationship between commercialism and public service. * C.W. Anderson, Professor of Media and Communication, University of Leeds