Posted by: eratigan | July 19, 2009

Changing/Saving the face of the press?

Related to the topic of the evolution of the cash-strapped print medium and its implications:

Bill Mitchell reported for the Poynter Institute that The New York Times may look to outside supporters to help fund its foreign coverage.

WaPo may have discussed wining and dining politicians, but the Times may ask foundations–non-profits, “crowd-funding” websites–to help foot the bills for international news.

They haven’t made any moves to do so yet, and the plan is much more intricate than what I’m relating here. But the mere idea is an interesting development in the [neverending?] death-of -the-press saga–is this a new way for reporters to overcome the challenges of getting the story on a tight budget?

Or, is it another possible opening for conflicts of interest to creep in? The assistant managing editor Mitchell interviewed said the paper would be “careful to avoid letting foundations have a say in specific coverage and would guard against ‘being influenced by any particular agenda.’ ”

Print journos: beware the fine print

Print journos: beware the fine print

Once the check is cashed, however, I wonder how steadfast those morals would be. Once you’ve sold your soul to the devil*, don’t you lose the right to negotiate terms of your damnation?

All that said, I don’t have a better solution for how newspapers can bring in more (untainted) revenue.  Like any media critic, I can only throw a wrench in the media’s cogs.

*most non-profits aren’t evil, I’m just using hyperbole


  1. In this economic down-turn it’s somewhat depressing to see even newspapers searching for adequate funding. This is esspecially daunting to those who seek hard news, which costs more than soft news to report and bring in.

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