Peter Kafka

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Google Hands the Media a $5 Million "Get Well Soon" Check

Worried about the future of journalism? So is Google. So it is handing $5 million in grants to nonprofits “that are working to develop new approaches to journalism in the digital age.” Two million of that goes to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the other $3 million will go to journalism projects outside of the U.S., which Google sales boss Nikesh Arora says will be named next year. Easy enough to cast aspersions on Google’s intentions here, but we’ll leave that to others: A grant is a grant, right? But for context: Google had net profits last quarter of $2.17 billion.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald