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The ethical implications of donor support

The burgeoning nonprofit news industry requires further work to set operational and editorial work on consistent, ethical footings.

In this report, API researchers identify the wealth of work enabled by nonprofit media models and the gaps that exist in structuring ethical, transparent relationships between funders and news organizations. Data from both funders and news organizations informs a clear-eyed rundown of the state of the discipline, which is maybe the most compelling, and scary, part of the piece. This work sets the stage for API’s forthcoming recommendations about how to handle donations ethically.