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

Making Nonprofit News
Market Models, Influence and Journalistic Practice

ISBN 9780367206413
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
126 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $59.95

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Book Description

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 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


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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 bachelors 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.