Looking for heroes

Journalism’s Gates keepers – freelance journalist Tim Schwab writes in the Columbia Journalism Review about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s contributions to journalism (more than $250 million, to outlets such as NPR, BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublica, National Journal, The Guardian, Univision, Medium, the Financial Times, The Atlantic etc.) and the ethical issues it raises, as the most prominent example of a larger trend of “billionaire philanthropists’ bankrolling the news”.
posted by bitteschoen (5 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Also related:
– ‘When money is offered, we listen’: foundation funding and nonprofit journalism (also from the CJR)
– What’s Wrong with Philanthro-Journalism? – New research raises questions about unintended consequences when it comes to foundation funding of international coverage (NiemanReports)
posted by bitteschoen at 11:25 AM on August 24
Tech’s major problem is that it defunded journalism. As it happens, working societies need journalists — if you can’t manage what you can’t measure, we fired all the people measuring society.

Half of journalism lost their job last year. HALF.

Of course none of this is “just tech”, but it’s a real effect, and we have to manage it.
posted by effugas at 12:09 PM on August 24 [5 favorites]

At last, his own sort of people are saying it.

You knew when he ad hominened Dr Dambisa Moyo in the news media, tsk tsk, Billu, is that how you talk to a woman of African heritage?

A lot of it has been erased but I was there, I was only 47 years old back in 2013 and still retain my full faculties.

Anglo poodle blurring of the point as usual
posted by infini at 12:33 PM on August 24 [1 favorite]

His media budget also buys pet social media accounts in Africa, the usual new ones with a handful of followers to flood critics mentions with arguments on how great he and his foundation is.

Melinda is famous for predicting on TV that covid would have bodies littering the streets in Africa. Still waiting, y’all…
posted by infini at 12:44 PM on August 24

posted by Cardinal Fang at 1:55 PM on August 24