Dan Gillmor, writing in his Center for Citizen Media blog, is a dissenter in the new chorus for the endowed, non-profit newsroom.
The New York TImes and New Yorker this week commissioned work that examined the idea of a foundation-driven non-profit newsroom to shield it from economic pressures and encourage editorial independence.
Gillmor is having none of it. He views the idea as without economic and creative merit and believes time could be better spent on other matters. The role of non-profits could very well be in financing enterprise and investigative work, but not the whole entity of a news operation.
Nice idea to discuss, "but please, let’s move onto realistic possibilities."