For more than forty years, Betty Debnam
has been writing, illustrating, and publishing a newspaper for kids: The Mini Page.
It's now fully archived online. [more inside]
Can nonprofit news models save journalism?
The advertising-supported, for-profit institutional model of journalism (skip this ad
) is on the wane
. Except for a few large and successful outlets, investment in comprehensive reporting has suffered from a shrinking bottom line, even as the hoped-for development of citizen journalism has been generally underwhelming
. But some see
a solution taking shape
in not-for-profit, independent, citizen-supported online news organizations
that would employ skilled professional journalists. Pointing to the encouraging recent growth of NPR
as news outlets, many industry thinkers are starting to agree that "The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility.
" Editors are beginning to experiment with models like that of Paul Stieger
(a sort of reporting clearinghouse), Geoff Dougherty
's ChiTown Daily News
, The NYC Center for an Urban Future
's City Limits
, and Scott Lewis' Voice of San Diego
. Great idea - will it work?
To The Best Of Our Knowledge
is one of the most wide-ranging and literate public radio shows in the US, a two-hour "radio salon" featuring leisurely exploration of weekly themes like No Smoking
, Identity Crisis
, and The Mind, Music, and Math
. Host Jim Fleming
approaches these big ideas through the works of authors - journalists of all stripes, memoirists, poets, fiction writers, essayists. Five years' worth of shows
are available on audio archives; you can also search the impressive list of authors by name
, or subscribe to the podcast
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