04 Sep 2018, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, Philanthropy, 0 Comments

Open, but not for free: Perspectives for non-profit newsrooms

A great part of the current debate about future business models for journalism implies that news organisations need a strategy to remain commercially successful – or to become profitable in the first place. But what if news went non-profit from the get-go?

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19 Jun 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Philanthropy-funded journalism and public value

Philanthropic donors big and small tend to invest with their eye on values rather than products: democracy, an informed society, better public health, the thriving of art, improved education, and so on – the idea of public value. Private individuals or foundations step up to provide the public with a good they deem necessary on principle, but which is too low in supply or missing entirely.

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06 Jun 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

How donors can enable quality journalism

Most journalists chose their profession because they wanted to make an impact on society, but the news business, as it were, conspired against their good intentions. Yet with constructive approaches, a renewed focus on communities and audiences, and foundation support, journalism could break free from legacy structures.

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16 May 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

Bridging the journalism-philanthropy gap

It is an illusion to think that charity can bring systematic and lasting change to society without extending support to media. Considering the benefits to be gained by all involved – charities, journalism, and society – the key obstacles, as identified at Journalism Funders Forum London, are not insurmountable.

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13 Sep 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

The difference between what is urgent and what is important

Journalism should respond to globalization by adopting a new point of view. Many times, journalism embraces clear-cut, polar angles simply because they attract attention more easily and lend themselves to schematically balanced reporting. Today, however, this kind of black-and-white attitude does not cut it anymore.

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