The decline of the American newspaper prompted a vigorous search for the next new newsroom model. This report profiles one of those potential prototypes, The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit,nonpartisan, digital news organization.
In 2013, four years after its inception, the Knight Foundation called the Tribune “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.”1 Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has survived the start-up struggle, expanded its content and digital service, reached profitability, and built a publishing business that is the envy of most for-profit legacy newspapers. It has won international acclaim and numerous honors,including nine Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
This is a brief examination of one of the most formidable organizational alternatives to the retrenchment and declining presence of the dailyprint newspaper.
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