What would the ideal news organization look like?

It was a week with more sad news for journalism, with Digital First Media announcing the end of Project Thunderdome. It’s sad for me because I know two journalists, one of whom I consider a mentor, who are losing their jobs because of this. But it’s sad for the industry in general, because it’s another example of a great experiment in journalism ending before its time.

This got me thinking—again—about what the ideal structure for a news organization might look like, as it’s become increasingly obvious that the model of corporate-owned journalism no longer works, as the goal of the owners is short-term profitability rather than sustainable journalism.

Before I make any suggestions, I want to lay out some assumptions:

  1. Any entity concerned primarily...

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