An Idea for Saving "No-Profit" Newspapers

The death of the Rocky Mountain News is only the latest of the very bad news about the future prospects for newspaper photojournalism.

The death of the Rocky Mountain News is only the latest of the very bad news about the future prospects for newspaper photojournalism. The idea of a country without newspapers serving cities and towns is  frightening, precisely because it's beginning to seem  like a possibility.  Where will local journalism come from?  One idea for keeping newspapers running is to turn them from for-profit businesses (or "no-profit" businesses, as Editor & Publisher puts it this article) into non-profit NGOs with large endowments  This is precisely what has been happening to photojournalism over the past decade:  With newspaper space drying up, with magazines selling celebrity style rather than news, photojournalists have been turning to NGOs for assignments and funding. Maybe turning news itself into a non-profit industry might be good for everyone.--David Schonauer