Public Policy and Funding the News

A Project of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

Foundation Funded

  1. Support newspapers with private philanthropic funding, like the Huffington Post. (David Swensen and Michael Schmidt, New York Times) This could take the form of an endowment, such as an endowed nightly news hour. (Alex Jones, also discussed: on the CCLP blog)
  2. Create cooperatives, like the AP, with member communities or worker-owned coops. (Freepress)
  3. Foundations and philanthropists support local news reporting to the levels they support arts/cultural/educational institutions. (Leonard Downie and Michael Schudson, Jr., Columbia Journalism Review)
  4. Universities and colleges become more involved with local news reporting. (Leonard Downie and Michael Schudson, Jr., Colombia Journalism Review)