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25 Oct 2018, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, Media Policy, Philanthropy, 0 Comments

Innovation and social purpose: Public and philanthropic support for European journalism


The three general-purpose news outlets with the greatest agenda-setting power over European politics – the Financial Times, The Economist, and the BBC – will very soon be based outside the European Union. What could the EU and European philanthropies do to nurture a supranational journalism landscape that might replace them?

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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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04 May 2015, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

The Digital News Initiative: What Should Google Do?


Google’s Digital News Initiative directly affects the grey area between the commercial interests of Google itself, the commercial interests of European journalism outlets, and the public at large. Therefore, it requires a governance model at arm’s length from both Google and its launch partners in the news industry, and a well thought-out setup.

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10 Jun 2014, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

Uneasy bedfellows: Journalism and impact metrics


If you follow current debates, it appears that measurable, real-world impact is the be-all and end-all of journalism, especially when it comes to political and development themes. How did that happen?

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09 Nov 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Google tax: Have the cake and eat it?


There is a lobbying and political initiative to introduce what could be termed a Google tax. More accurately put, the proponents of the initiative demand special copyright royalties from search engines, which are supposed to be paid to newspapers. Does it make sense?

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26 Jun 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

How the EU can help journalism


Why is the European Union so ineffective when it comes to supporting press freedom and media pluralism? And what could it do within the limits of its current competences to foster journalism? It all boils down to one word: CONNECT.

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18 Jun 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

Shifting journalism online


That journalism is inevitably moving online and increasingly detaching itself from the classic substrates of paper and broadcasting is by now a more or less universally accepted fact – despite the obstinate resistance that many legacy media organisations keep putting up. But what does this change process entail for journalism?

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