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July 08 2011

20:32

Reinventing the newspaper - The rise of philanthrojournalism

Economist :: What's now being tried across America, is to build new, internet-native metropolitan news organisations supported by philanthropy. Examples include the Voice of San Diego, the St Louis Beacon, the MinnPost in Minneapolis, the Texas Tribune in Austin and the Bay Citizen in San Francisco.

Where they exist, they are doing a very good job, in some cases exceeding the quality of dailies,” says Ken Doctor, a news-industry analyst at Outsell. Because traditional newspapers are in trouble, these not-for-profit online news organisations can take their pick of experienced journalists, many of whom are also attracted by the new sites’ focus on politics, civic engagement and accountability journalism.

[Jonathan Weber, editor of the Bay Citizen] We believe the gap that we’re trying to fill has to do with reporting. There’s a lot of opinion out there, and a dearth of reporting.

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