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Tell Congress to give good journalism ‘safe harbor’

Good, solid reporting has always been a loss leader. It’s a product that doesn’t make money, but enables other related ventures to be profitable because it creates an audience. Covering a city government meeting or telling the story of a local charity doesn’t make a newspaper any money; in fact, it costs money. But the attention those stories attract enables a related venture — advertising — to make a profit. That profit can then be used to fund more good, solid reporting.

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