Seeking Sustainability

How do nonprofit local and regional news organizations create new ways to survive and thrive in today’s challenging news landscape? That is a question that brought together 12 nonprofit news organizations and funders, academics and researchers from across the country for an unprecedented meeting convened by the Knight Foundation.


Seeking Sustainability: A Nonprofit News Roundtable (PDF)
A meeting sponsored by Knight Foundation and co-hosted by the Texas Tribune, Voice of San Diego and Knight Chair in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. The nonprofit model allows organizations to pursue a journalistic mission without the competing demands of operating a for-profit business. Nonprofit news startups have been created in communities across the country, most with funding from major donors or foundations. The Knight Foundation alone has funded more than 200 experiments with what it calls a “build to learn” approach.

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