Friday, November 17, 2023

Is American Journalism Dead?

The question has been asked numerous times, not just now, but actually since the media’s earliest days with the founding of the printing press being used to produce newspapers centuries ago: Is our news media dying and vanishing?

It continues today, as traditional news media outlets shut down, decrease news coverage, or rely too heavily on national news-gathering sources.

A big concern for journalism today is that newsrooms are biased, political surrogates, and mouthpieces for the agendas of their owners.

Further, the other major issues are fake news, AI-generated garbage, and opinion pieces that are too often replacing fact-based reporting.

You know what I am talking about. Are Fox or MSNBC neutral? Hell no! Are the Boston Globe or LA Times, with reduced staffs and smaller editions, a shell of their former selves from a few decades ago? Of course. Are there media deserts across small-town America? Absolutely.

We need a fresh news media paradigm. Look no further than NewsMatch. We should all donate money — see here:

The information below is quoted directly from their site:

NewsMatch is the largest collaborative fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news in the U.S. The program centers on a matching gift model that leverages the support of national funding partners to generate support from individuals and local supporters for hundreds of independent media outlets that produce fact-based news and information.

“What is the purpose of NewsMatch? The long-term vision for NewsMatch is to ensure relevant and reliable news for every community across the U.S. by strengthening the financial sustainability of news organizations that are nonprofit, nonpartisan, and dedicated to public service.

“NewsMatch has four strategic objectives to achieve this goal:

“Increase the number of people that support nonprofit journalism

“Grow local and regional investments from philanthropic institutions and major donors

“Develop and strengthen sustainable fundraising capabilities within newsrooms

“Increase awareness and public support for nonprofit journalism How does the program work? NewsMatch is a catalytic solution to grow and expand who funds the news in our communities.

“The program is powered by three components:

“The core element of the program is a matching gift campaign. Funders pool their resources to match individual donations made to newsrooms. By sparking individual giving, NewsMatch can ultimately increase a community’s news resources.

“The second is a learning and training component. Throughout the year, the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and News Revenue Hub provide news organizations with toolkits, training, and coaching to help build their development skills. This increases their NewsMatch success and also their year-around ability to diversify and grow revenue in support of public service reporting and run sustainable news outlets.

“And the last component is all about building awareness. NewsMatch leverages the collective group of funders, newsrooms, and partners to amplify the value of quality journalism and help audiences and other supporters discover and give support to the news in their community. How does the program define success? There are a number of ways NewsMatch defines success, one of the leading indicators is its effectiveness to broaden philanthropic support for nonprofit news.

“In 2022, newsrooms secured an additional $5.5 million in matching funds from nearly 800 major donors, local foundations, and small businesses, surpassing the total amount of matching grants from national partners for the first time in the program’s history. In addition to expanding the pool of supporters, the program also defines success by growth in total dollars raised as a result.

“Total dollars received by newsrooms during the NewsMatch campaign period now exceeds $271 million since 2017.

“Besides receiving unrestricted funding through main fund matches, partner fund matches and bonuses, NewsMatch enhances newsroom sustainability by giving them the tools they need to establish a replicable fundraising strategy. Newsrooms receive a variety of training opportunities that help them learn about best practices for digital fundraising, cultivating major donors and enlisting local match funders, audience development, and much more. They can also take advantage of individual coaching tailored to their specific needs.”

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