New study on non-profit news organizations: They’re healthy, but face big challenges

The Pew Research Center has been following the growing non-profit journalism world for several years, charting the progress of groups — including the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting — that were founded to fill the gap in reporting caused by staff cutbacks at traditional news outlets.

The nonprofit news sector “is showing some signs of economic health, and most leaders of those outlets express optimism about the future,” conclude the authors of the latest study released this month by Pew.  “But many of these organizations also face substantial challenges to their long-term financial well-being.”

For those readers who care about the future of the news industry — and the vital role journalism plays in our democracy — you can read the report here.

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