Not All is Lost – Not for Profit

Posted: April 10, 2011 by Maria Acle in #5 Not for Profit

It is not new that some important stories that are worth publishing are not seen in for-profit news organizations every time. However, there is some hope in the end of the tunnel thanks to non-profit organizations such as NPR. This membership-driven news organization brings to the table amazing in-depth stories valuable to a democracy. They are mission-driven and they have managed to have high-quality content because they look at the many angles within a news story. This analysis is a bliss in a world were in-depth journalism is scarce.

While I was doing some research, I came across an interesting non-profit news organization based in New England, US. It is called New England Center for Investigative Reporting and what is interesting is that it was created by Boston University’s College of Communication. In the States, it is the first non-profit, university-based investigative reporting news organization.

I think it is a really cool initiative coming from a university. It is always said that university students are always mostly idealists, but I think that the world always needs a little bit of that.

This is part of their mission statement:

“The primary goals of NECIR are: to produce high-quality, high-impact investigative reports that are published and aired by multiple media partners on multiple platforms, to train the next generation of investigative reporters including students at Boston University and inner-city high schools, to serve as a platform for experimenting with how to effectively deliver long-form investigative content to a digital audience and to be a model for non-profit, multi-media, investigative journalism that could be duplicated nationwide.”


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