Charles Lewis Articles About the Future of Journalism

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
By Charles Lewis;
Columbia Journalism Review; September/October 2009
According to Lewis “an increasing percentage of the most ambitious reporting projects will emanate from the public realm, not from private commercial outlets.” And “properly structured and led, the Investigative News Network could become the online destination for original investigative reporting.”

PURVEYORS OF TRUTH ABOUT THE POWERS THAT BE

By Charles Lewis;
Society of Professional Journalists centennial anniversary book essay, 2009
On the 100th anniversary of the founding of Sigma Delta Chi, Lewis writes that now, “more than ever before, we need fearless truth-tellers to ferret out the overtly obscured or merely inaccessible facts about the decisions, policies and practices that affect our daily lives.”

THE FUTURE OF WATCHDOG REPORTING BRIGHTENS AS NONPROFIT GROUPS ORGANIZE A NEW NETWORK
By Charles Lewis;
Nieman Watchdog; July 3, 2009
Regarding the new Investigative News Network, Lewis writes that “Never before has anyone attempted to organize the best investigative reporting output and energies of respected news organizations and their journalists, making that original ‘accountability’ information infinitely more accessible to the public in multiple ways in the new media landscape.”

10 RULES OF THE ROAD FOR NONPROFIT CENTERS

By Charles Lewis;
IRE Journal , May/June 2009
According to Lewis, “we are witnessing nothing less than the dawn of a new investigative journalism ecosystem in the United States, in which the most ambitious reporting projects will increasingly emanate from the public realm, not from private commercial outlets.” With journalists increasingly entering the public realm and attempting to start their own investigative reporting news organizations, he outlines some “logical, basic, best practices” to help them succeed.

A SOCIAL-NETWORK SOLUTION
by Charles Lewis;
Columbia Journalism Review , March/April 2009
In “A Social-Network Solution ,” Lewis takes us forward to the year 2014 where journalism is thriving. He then takes the readers back through time to the current state of journalism and shows the steps that can be taken to make journalism a vibrant industry.

ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO FINANCE
by Charles Lewis and Bruce Sievers;
Chronicle of Philanthropy ,  March 12, 2009
In “All the News That's Fit to Finance,” Lewis and Sievers explore the future of financing journalism and the role philanthropy should play in promoting journalistic endeavors.

SEEKING NEW WAYS TO NURTURE THE CAPACITY TO REPORT

by Charles Lewis;
Nieman Reports , Spring 2008
“Seeking New Ways to Nurture the Capacity to Report “ is an examination of how the government has seized control of information and how major news outlets have devoted fewer and fewer resources toward investigative journalism. Lewis explains how nonprofit journalism can be a method of promoting sound investigative reporting.

NEW MODELS FOR NEWS
by Charles Lewis;
Louisiana State University Breaux Symposium paper, April 2008
Co-moderator Lewis reviews some of the recent history of nonprofit and for profit news organizations, with the over-arching question: “what is the likely, foreseeable future for journalism as a profitable or at least sustainable enterprise in the years ahead?”

GOODBYE, MR. GATES
by Charles Lewis;
University of North Carolina Philip Meyer Symposium paper, March 2008
In this critique of market-driven journalism, Lewis trumpets the vision of computer assisted journalism pioneer and author Philip Meyer, who wrote in his 2004 book, The Vanishing Newspaper , “The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance and social responsibility.”

THE NONPROFIT ROAD

by Charles Lewis;
Columbia Journalism Review , September/October 2007
Lewis discusses the major changes in journalism and the necessary role that nonprofit organizations must play to promote good journalism.

THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF NONPROFIT JOURNALISM
by Charles Lewis;
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University, April 2007
In “The Growing Importance of Nonprofit Journalism,” Lewis examines the necessity of nonprofit journalism to ensure high quality journalism that is necessary for a thriving democracy.

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