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Nonprofit Models That Work

center for public integrity cpi logoLooking for a job in journalism? Don’t discount the not-for-profits.

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports on the growing trend of nonprofit news organizations that supply content to the cash-and-staff-strapped mainstream media.

Heck, the Center for Public Integrity recently added six journalists to its 45-person staff.

We see all our friends dying on the vine,” international director David Kaplan told Kurtz. “The irony is we’re doing pretty well, and we have a chance to fill these gaping holes.”

Of course, nonprofits, relying on donations and grants as they do, have their own issues: like writing a story that ticks off a donor. “We decide what we want to do and how we want to do it,” says Bill Buzenberg, the CPI’s executive director says, noting though that donors “may hate it and they may never fund us again, that’s their right.”

And so many of these nonprofits, though not the CPI, are so new it’s hard to tell whether they’ll still be employing journalists in 5 to ten years. The Texas Tribune just launched last year, and the well-funded Bay Citizen launched in 2010. Hardly enough time to prove a valid business model—but in the meantime, at least there are still some watchdogs.

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Brady: ‘You Can’t Take 10 People and Create a Local Site as a Business’

Former WaPo.com editor Jim Brady‘s new local site for the company that owns Politico is aiming big.

In an interview with paidContent’s David Kaplan, Brady says that the site–currently unnamed–will start with a staff of 50.

Now, this will also include a merger of Allbritton Communications’ two TV web sites, WJLA.com and News8.net, but that figure of 50 is going to be separate from the TV stations employees.

Fifty people to launch a web-only startup.

InDenverTimes launched with about 30 staffers.

AnnArbor.com started with about 25, not including business folk.

MinnPost? Twenty.

So staffing up a local news web site with 50 people is daring, but when you’re Robert Allbritton you can afford it.