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Nonprofit Journalism

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM

In the news: How one prominent newspaper is tapping into philanthropy to help fund its reporting.

The Guardian is turning to crowdfunding to help offset online profitability shortfalls. Lucia Moses of Digiday.com reports, "The U.K. publisher announced that it's launched a new nonprofit, at theguardian.org, to raise money from people and foundations to support its journalism. The nonprofit has raised $1 million in grants since it was quietly founded late last year."

This is one of several initiatives the Guardian has launched to augment revenue. Others include memberships, reader contributions, and philanthropy, says Moses. The content will remain "editorially independent of its funding source," but relationships with philanthropic groups may present new scheduling and logistical challenges when planning issues. Read more here.

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AP Style Changes in Response to Charlottesville

The AP has weighed in on vocabulary surrounding the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a recent blog post, AP Vice President for Standards Jon Daniszewski writes, "The events in Charlottesville are an opportunity to take another look at our terminology around 'alt-right' and the way that we describe the various racist, neo-Nazi, white nationalist and white supremacist groups out there." AP is now advising writers and editors to avoid using the terms "alt-right" and "alt-left" unless they're being quoted from elsewhere. It also has differentiated between white nationalists and white supremacists. Read the blog post, which includes a short glossary of redefined terms, here.

Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook is launching a program that will allow publishers to reap subscription revenue through content hosted on the social networking platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that several US and European publishers will test the service later this year, and that participating media companies will keep all of the subscription revenue driven by the site. Read more here.

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