A historical overview of community, municipal, public and nonprofit models for journalism and an analysis of past policy interventions. Recommends tax code updates and other policy changes to encourage innovation, experimentation and the development of more nonprofit news.
The Federal Communications Commission’s landmark report highlights the challenges our current tax code presents for nonprofit and hybrid models of news, and recommends policy changes to clarify and streamline tax policy in favor of encouraging nonprofit journalism.
Nikki Usher and Michelle Layser offer an in-depth and nuanced examination of how tax policy and legal precedent affects nonprofit journalism. The paper focuses on the challenges and opportunities inherent in transitioning traditional newspapers into nonprofit or low-profit models.
Marion R. Fremont-Smith’s policy paper, published by the Harvard University Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, provides an accessible overview of current tax law on nonprofit journalism. Fremont-Smith argues that the media industry’s new economics demand new policies for nonprofit journalism organizations.