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Are there any working business models for journalism?
Journalism is relevant to democracy on a high level and can thus rely on the idealism, enthusiasm and passion of the people who make it.
Small journalistic enterprises such as
are being financially rewarded for their dedication to journalistic integrity through their use of crowd funding websites like
The lack of quality journalism being provided by the major news networks (who focus on sound-bites and opinion pieces) is creating a new demand for outlets which display dedication to the core journalistic principles of integrity, research and bias avoidance.
People need money in order to live, to eat and to house themselves; no amount of idealism can put food on the table. As such, it is unreasonable to expect people to work their whole lives for no financial recompense.
Journalism is highly influenced by political interests.
With the large amount of content online, consumers automatically become sort of amateur-journalists themselves while consuming, since they have to judge the trustworthyness of the content. That is, traditionally, the job of editors who are trained to document, fact-check and evaluate sources.
Relying on those qualities can come at a terrible cost: Journalists are already a decimated and dispirited profession with high burn-out rates. They suffer from everything from PTSD to exhaustion: