There is little doubt that the American news industry is fighting to maintain its once profitable business models. Newsroom layoffs have become common and some of the nation’s historic news organizations have closed altogether. Business Insider reported in July 2009 that, in just the first six months of that year, 105 newspapers were shuttered and 10,000 newspaper jobs were lost.
A root of these problems is the struggle of many news organizations to generate adequate revenue, a fact that should hardly be surprising to avid watchers of the news industry. In the context of newspapers, advertising revenue — the source of income that newspapers and digital news organizations historically relied upon to fund most of their news gathering activities — is down more than 40 percent from a decade ago. Income from newspaper circulation and digital subscribers— traditionally a lesser source of funding — has likewise waned.
This economic situation means that even as journalism remains as important as ever to local communities, it is becoming harder to sustain a viable news enterprise. Thus, in light of the current economic climate, some have encouraged news organizations to embrace the nonprofit business form, which if usually used for religious, charitable or educational endeavors. Some known digital Citizen Journalism websites are accepting non-tax deductible donations in order to stay afloat.
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Delaware Newsline is a digital Delaware news organization that provides breaking news content to its Delaware audience utilizing multiple platforms including web, social media, and video.
Delaware Newsline is your online source for unbiased Delaware breaking news articles and videos, covering the top stories from around Delaware.
Delaware Newsline provides a platform to help amplify and connect readers
Across the country, a new news reporting model is emerging. Online news sites are taking up the slack and delivering news in the public interest. Readers are beginning to contribute to new public media news sources instead of paying subscription fees to for-profit newsrooms.
Unfortunately, this online news distribution system cannot cover the significant costs associated with in-depth news reporting. We ask for your financial support to help pay experienced reporters, photographers, videographers, and contributors to go into the courts, the community, and the offices of government to find and tell important stories in a journalistic non-biased way.
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$50 per month helps us pay our contributors fairly for their work.
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$2,000 per month pays for Delaware Newsline’s entire monthly operating cost.
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Delaware Newsline is not formed as a 501(c)(3) media organization. While Delaware Newsline has no plans to form as a 501(c)(3) media organization, we are in need of funds to upkeep equipment, compensate our reporters, journalists, photographers, and videographers, as well as other operational costs.
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Delaware Newsline is not a non-profit organization, so most donations aren’t tax-deductible.
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