Patt Morrison for Friday, July 24, 2009

Is Charity the Only Hope for Newspaper Future?

The newspaper industry has been bleeding advertising revenue for sometime and, increasingly, shop talk says the best hope might be charity. The New York Times has begun considering funding investigative journalism projects with donations from non-profit groups like ProPublica, a model that would promote reader-driven reporting. Are mainstream newspapers going the NPR-route? And does it raise conflicts of interest?

Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica.

Rick Edmonds, media business analyst at the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida

Mark Duvosin, deputy managing editor, Los Angeles Times; the Times recently partnered with ProPublica for an investigative journalism piece on the California State Nurses Board

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