Canada Invests $450m into Media, Nonprofits

Canada’s federal government has introduced a five-year, US$450 million package to bolster independent media in the country. The groundbreaking measures would create a tax-exempt status, allowing for nonprofit newsrooms to thrive as they have in the US. Also planned: A temporary, non-refundable tax credit letting subscribers recover 15% of the subscription cost of digital news, and a tax credit to news media for labor in producing "news and information of interest to Canadians.”

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: November 26, 2018

CPI’s New CEO on Nonprofit News

Veteran journalist John Dunbar is taking over as CEO of the 27-year-old Center for Public Integrity, a GIJN member and a pioneer of nonprofit investigative journalism. Dunbar, who succeeds former CNN International VP Peter Bale, is bullish on the future of nonprofit newsrooms: "We don’t face the same harsh deadlines as other news organizations, so what we do is in-depth and serious and trustworthy... We have no advertisers. And our journalism is in demand by traditional news outlets... The best is truly yet to come."

Source: Center for Public Integrity

Posted on: November 15, 2016

CPI To Spin Off ICIJ

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will be spun off as an independent nonprofit, its parent organization, the Center for Public Integrity, announced today. The two groups are in negotiation for a full agreement on separation by November 30, according to a CPI press release. ICIJ, known for The Panama Papers and other pioneering cross-border projects, says it looks to future "growth and success in the collaborative journalism that we practice in partnership with so many brave, excellent journalists around the world.”

Source: Center for Public Integrity

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Nonprofits Facing Global Crackdown by Gov’ts

More than 60 countries over the past three years have moved to restrict or ban the activities of non-profit groups which get overseas funds, according to a Reuters report. The governments, nervous over nonprofits pushing for reforms and political change, include Russia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Uganda, Venezuela and Egypt.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: July 22, 2015

Ten Ways To Kill Your Nonprofit Newsroom

Journalists increasingly are turning to a nonprofit model to sustain serious reporting. But running a nonprofit can be as challenging as managing a for-profit. Here are 10 ways to avoid disaster, from the Nonprofit Quarterly. Among them: operating in the red and staining your reputation.

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Sri Lanka Bans NGOs from Media Contacts, Training

Enter this in the hard-to-believe category: the government of Sri Lanka just issued an order banning NGOs from working with the media. Any media. Included on the list of restricted activity: "conducting press conferences, workshops, journalism training and dissemination of press releases." Goons have already disrupted training workshops for journalists on the island.

Source: IFEX

Posted on: July 9, 2014