How to pay for good journalism

Sources of subsidy in the production of news: a list

I was asked to speak recently at a conference organized by Yale University with the title “Journalism & The New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay The Messenger?”  This irritated me. The question should have been “who will subsidize news production?” because news production has always been subsidized by someone or something.  Very rarely have users paid directly the costs of editorial production.

At the recent Rebooting Science Journalism talk at ScienceOnline 2010 (and in posts here) I expressed optimism that alternative means of financing good reporting are emerging and will continue to do so. Jay Rosen did the good service of listing some here.

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