Jul 6 • 31M

EP19: Building $100M War Chest For Local News

Host Alex Ragir and guest Sarabeth Berman, CEO of the American Journalism Project, talk about rebuilding local reporting as a non-profit, how news doesn't make money, and much more!

Open in playerListen on);

Appears in this episode

Alex Ragir
Hosted by entrepreneur and journalist Alex Ragir, Media Jungle breaks down the business behind the news industry and the creator economy, keeping you informed and entertained on the biggest issues and trends. New episodes every week.
Episode details

Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and everywhere you listen to podcasts (if you like the show, leave us a review!). Not much time? Watch short clips on TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube.

Greetings from the Media Jungle! Welcome to new subscribers from NBCUniversal, Columbia Journalism Report, Twitter, Kinzen, VICE Media, and more.

This week he have:

  • Sarabeth Berman (@SarabethBerman): CEO of the American Journalism Project (@JournalismProj), the first venture philanthropy dedicated to local news. She was the Global Head of Public Affairs at Teach For All, a network of social enterprises in over 50 countries, and currently serves on the boards of Capital B and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The goals of the American Journalism Project

  • Why news doesn’t make money

  • The best non-profit journalism business models

Podcasts grow from referrals, so if you like Media Jungle, please consider sharing with someone interested in learning about how the media industry works.

Watch the full episode on our Youtube channel here:

Here’s some links to some of the articles cited in the latest episode:

  1. “Our guide to developing a community ambassador program that can help local newsrooms better serve their communities" (AJP)

  2. “Houston philanthropies invest $20M to launch nonprofit news outlet" (Houston Chronicle)

  3. “‘A community deserves options’: Why these Black journalists launched their own publication" (WaPo)

  4. “How our venture philanthropy is impacting local news" (AJP)

  5. “Is There a Market for Saving Local News?" (New Yorker)

  6. “Ohio Local News Initiative Taps Local Innovator to Lead Cleveland Newsroom" (Ohio Local News Initiative)

Missed last week’s show? Here are some clips from my chat with Tobias Heaslip:

Thanks for reading Media Jungle ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.