Philanthropy should fund the media for its own sake

Rhodri Davies and Fran Yeoman

Many are starting to ask whether general support for journalism as an end in itself should constitute a valid focus of philanthropy; given the recently renewed acceptance of the idea that news gathering and reporting constitutes a vital part of a healthy democracy.

This is really where the crux of the recent upsurge of interest in philanthropic funding for the news media lies.

We are two people (who happen to be married) who study philanthropy and journalism usually separately. The key question we asked ourselves in considering the informative recent Alliance special feature on philanthropy and the media is: 'What does each side want from this relationship?'

From the perspective of philanthropy, providing general support for the media is probably where there is most to be gained.

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