Making Nonprofit News: Market Models, Influence and Journalistic Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Making Nonprofit News

Market Models, Influence and Journalistic Practice, 1st Edition

By Patrick Ferrucci


130 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-16
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Making Nonprofit News examines the essence of nonprofit journalism on multiple levels of analysis, explaining how individuals, routines, organizational makeup and outside institutions all affect news production at nonprofit news organizations.

The book argues that the market model itself – not simply the journalism industry – impacts news workers, news content and outside influence on the organization. Essentially, nonprofit journalism organizations are influenced by forces both consistently impacting the industry as well as those previously not involved in journalism. Drawing on three years of in-depth interviews with more than 30 journalists at nonprofits, site visits and more broad research on nonprofit journalism, this book is a sociological study of how nonprofit status affects journalistic work. The book further conceptualizes the forces impacting newswork and examines the social institutions now on the boundaries of journalism due to their connection to nonprofit journalism.

Exploring how nonprofit news is disrupting the industry’s very idea of news, news values and news processes, this is a helpful text for academics and researchers with an interest in journalism, media industries, media sociology and not-for-profits.

Table of Contents


Preface: Acknowledgements and reflections

  1. Going nonprofit
  2. The journalists at nonprofits
  3. The routines of newsmaking at nonprofits
  4. The nonprofit market model
  5. The institutions affecting nonprofit journalism
  6. Theorizing about disruption, innovation, and future studies of nonprofit news


About the Author

Patrick Ferrucci is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Journalism in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He holds a bachelor in sociology from Providence College, a masters in journalism from Emerson College and a Ph.D. focusing on media sociology from School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies