If the Tribune is going to use the pages of the New York Times to write about wealthy donors to Texas gubernatorial campaigns, it would seem the Times would want them to disclose they are also taking money from those same people.
The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?
America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) -- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry -- has released its 2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it's rich with eye-opening revelations.
Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.
Texas educators and families are conveying a two-part message. Our education system is not broken, but we have not been able to scale up solutions for urban systems serving intense concentrations of poverty.
Covering the Perry campaign was not The Boys on the Bus. Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the primary, Ben Philpott and the other reporters enjoyed shockingly little access. "You are allowed to see him when you are allowed to see him."
What sustains a not-for-profit magazine is a balanced approach to revenue that includes advertising, subscriptions, charitable donations and, as goody-goody as it may sound, a real belief that the journalism being done is important, and would not be done otherwise.
The forty years between Kennedy and Clinton were an accident of economic and demographic history, resulting in a temporary but highly profitable industry structure for the papers that dominated their markets.
In Micro 101, we learn that such "public goods" as clean air and national defense will not be produced in sufficient supply exclusively by market forces. Allow for the sake of argument that journalism is such a good.