Philanthropy magazine: “To mark the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Corporation, we asked several philanthropic leaders … what grants made today will be talked about 100 years hence.”
Here’s my reply:
The old media of newspapers and magazines face economic uncertainty, but investigative reporting and incisive commentary will remain alive and well—in part because philanthropists are waking up to the incredible potential of nonprofit journalism. The Woodwards and Bernsteins of the future probably won’t work at the Washington Post. Instead, they’ll affiliate with groups that depend on private contributions. They may be attached to think tanks or behave as independent actors with webcams and Twitter accounts. Whatever the particulars, the charitable investors behind them hold the potential to transform the collection and distribution of news.
The Student Free Press Association, which I help run, plays a small role in this new movement.