By Janet Coats
One year ago, The Patterson Foundation began an exploration of new media journalism in hopes of finding ways to enable and sustain innovation.
This journey began at a time of great change, even chaos, in the world of journalism. At the same time, foundations were beginning to question their funding focus, as they looked for ways to better quantify impact.
This was the scene as The Patterson Foundation New Media Journalism Initiative began its survey.
As we enter the second year of the New Media Journalism Initiative, we have tested these hypotheses and derived these lessons:
- There is a need for connection among journalism innovators. The best, most effective innovation networks will be those that focus on a targeted community of journalists who share common goals and values.
- As a result, we are focusing our efforts on enabling a number of small, targeted networks in a more organic, bottom-up way.
- Sharing innovative practices across craft issues and technology is the greatest need for journalism startups.
- Those in need of most support are those at the earliest stages of innovation.
- We want to focus on entrepreneurs who are working in community journalism.
- Our work will be powered through collaboration.
Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.
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