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Journalism and philanthropy sites cover release of new report on nonprofit news and sustainability

Oct. 25, 2011, 8:53 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Last week, Knight Foundation released a new report offering a detailed look at some of the country’s leading online local nonprofit news ventures.


Full Report: "Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability"

News Release: "New report: Nonprofit news sites – and their search for sustainability"

Several media organizations who covered the report emphasized authors’ Mayur Patel and Michele McLellan’s  finding that nonprofit news sites have to act more like digital businesses, making revenue experimentation, entrepreneurship and community engagement important pieces of the mix.

Broadcasting and Cable wrote about the report’s implications for long-term sustainability for online nonprofit news sites:

“While the sites are likely to start with funding from foundations, the study says they need to treat that as equity rather than an ongoing revenue stream and look to supplement that with memberships, advertising, sponsorships and events, just as the for-profit sector does.”

Columbia Journalism Review focused on the importance of community engagement for local nonprofit news sites:

@jczamora wins worldwide photography gala award

Oct. 24, 2011, 2:43 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Knight Foundation Journalism Program Associate Jose Zamora recently won a Worldwide Photography Gala Award for the following image:


Zamora’s photo of graffiti in the Wynwood Art District of Miami won 1st prize in the September Pollux Awards category of non professional single image for Environmental Issues.

International Center for Journalists’ new website details impact of projects around the globe

Oct. 24, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

The International Center for Journalists recently launched its new website with more content now available. The new homepage provides updates on “Latest Developments” and “Featured Programs,” which highlights recent activities of the center’s work.

“We are now of the mindset that you must be constantly refreshing your website in order to communicate better information,” said Joyce Barnathan, president of International Center For Journalists. “One of the things we wanted to do was show the impact of the center and now we can in ‘our impact’ section.”