Mar 26, 2019
In episode 46, we talk to Sameer Padania about
Philanthropy & Journalism. We ask why the media is looking to
philanthropy as a source of funding; why philanthropic funders are
interested in supporting journalism; and what challenges and
opportunities this might bring. Including:
- Why has journalism come to the attention of funders and
- How are funders and CSOs using journalism to further their
- How many funders see journalism and a free press as an
important public good in and of themselves, and are thus willing to
fund general journalism?
- What role could philanthropic funding for news media play in
addressing problems like targeted online misinformation and the
erosion of public discourse online?
- What should we make of the rise of non-profit newsrooms like
- Is the reader voluntary subscription model taken by the
Guardian etc. is better than relying on a single major donor?
- What approaches are philanthropic funders taking to supporting
- Is there a challenge in maintaining editorial independence when
receiving philanthropic funding?
- Is the way in which philanthropic funding can take pressure off
news media outlets to generate revenue a good thing, or is there a
danger that it will lead to them losing focusing on what is of
interest to an audience, and thus become less sustainable in the
- Does philanthropic funding of news media undermine journalism’s
ability to hold philanthropy itself to account (as many feel it
- Can ownership of news outlets exacerbate the distorting effect
that philanthropy already has on democracy?
- Is there a danger that in encouraging philanthropic support for
news media, we make journalism a “charity case” and thus undermine
people’s willingness to pay for it in the long term?