Sunday, April 12, 2009

Is going nonprofit the best way for journalism to get by? Take the word of leading editors who already have their hand out.

Katharine Mieszkowski writes:

It's the newspaper journalist's worst nightmare: His own obituary has become front-page news. Today, the headlines in your local paper are as likely to be about the pitiable death throes of that very rag as the war in Afghanistan or the sorry state of the economy.

As newspaper newsrooms around the nation cut back or shutter, an urgent conversation is taking place about where the reporting that exposes corruption and holds public officials accountable will come from. What new models for financing professional journalism will spring up?

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