Larry Mantle |

The Future of Not-for-Profit Journalism

Given that I work in public radio, I obviously see an important role for journalism that doesn't have to turn a profit. However, it's unclear to me whether non-profits like ProPublica and special interest journalism sites will be able to fill the gap left by the downsizing of newspapers.

Tomorrow on "AirTalk," we'll talk about the economic models being tried for investigative and specialized reporting and whether they're likely to bear fruit. One of our guests will be former L. A. Times reporter, and Pulitzer Prizer winner, Charles Ornstein. He's now doing his investigations for ProPublica. Another guest will be Orange County Register columnist Steven Greenhut. He'll be writing for a non-profit conservative site that's in the process of being created.

I look forward to hearing your analyses of the future for non-profit journalism, and whether it can sustain the high expense of investigative work.