Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Business realities are impacting all college newspapers. But what happens when they’re for-profit?
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
July 20, 2009, 8 a.m.

Texas Tribune is ramping up

Keep an eye on Austin, Texas.

With a bankroll that includes $1 million of his own cash and contributions from a network of friends and associates, Texas venture capitalist John Thornton is launching a non-profit online journalism venture, Texas Tribune. Fund raising continues, with the goal of securing two to three years of “runway.”

In the last few days, the venture announced that Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith would be leaving his post to lead Texas Tribune, and that Alisha Ring, president of the Austin Technology Council, would be its General Manager.

Thornton has been an active blogger (Insomniactive) for several years, with frequent commentary about the state of journalism, the business thereof, and state and national politics. A careful reader will have discerned, for some time, Thornton’s conviction that journalism can thrive only in a non-profit environment.

Sign up here, if you want a heads-up when TT gets off the ground in the fall.

POSTED     July 20, 2009, 8 a.m.
SHARE THIS STORY
   
Show comments  
Show tags
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Business realities are impacting all college newspapers. But what happens when they’re for-profit?
Gannett owns two college newspapers in Florida — it’s closed one and cutting costs at the other.
Where does local TV news fit in the digital age? Tegna, a year separated from Gannett, has some ideas
“By following the lead of our employees to create content that is digital first, it frees them up from the sameness of format that is plaguing local television news.”
Report: The New York Times is expanding to Australia and Canada
Having faced some difficulties with an earlier era’s attempts in large non-English markets, the Times is turning its focus next to more familiar territory.