Quill »» Generation J: Can non-profit news pay off for Gen J?

4 06 2010

Check out my article about non-profit journalism featured in the latest issue of Quill, the Society of Professional Journalists‘ national magazine.

 

The cover of the May/June 2010 issue of Quill magazine.

In retrospect, I can see why the folks at SPJ asked me to write this piece; I fit the demographic for the Generation J column (a feature that covers young journalists each issue) and I had some applicable experience.

They knew I’d learned a little bit about non-profit journalism while working with the San Francisco-based, non-profit online magazine called WireTap through a fellowship last year.

For this story I also talked to a couple other journalists with far more non-profit experience than me — the former executive editor of WireTap,Kristina Rizga, and a reporter at the Chicago Current, Adrian Uribarri (who had previously worked with a non-profit called the Chi-Town Daily News

Here’s a tiny sneak peek:

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With all the changes going on in journalism right now, many industry leaders
are thinking about how less traditional business models may carry publications into the future. Recent non-profit ventures like ProPublica and The Huffington Post Investigative Fund have been touted as a possible way forward for journalists.

My first job after graduating from journalism school was working with a San Francisco-based non-profit publication called WireTap magazine. Last year, a fellowship made it possible for me to work closely with the staff of the youth-oriented news and culture online magazine, and in the process I sampled what non-profit journalism is like for young journalists. Some of my most rewarding professional experiences to date came from the non-profit world.

New journalistic models have some big advantages, but they also come with their own challenges…
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