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Impact study can influence growing nonprofit news world

Posted: July 24, 2013 | Tags: journalism

The Workshop explored how to measure impact in a new report, "The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment." Now the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University weighs in, crediting authors Charles Lewis and Hilary Niles with "advancing a conversation that will hopefully allow newsrooms and foundations to communicate openly and honestly about their expectations and goals. After all, at the core, they share an interest in honoring the reader by providing journalism as a public service."

“Most of the conversation to date has been led by the grantors, but they’re not the ones doing the work,” Lewis told Caroline O'Donovan at Nieman. “They’re funding it, they’re collaborating on it, but the ones who are producing it are pretty deep in the trench. It would be useful for there to be a more common understanding of what are some of the guidepost elements.”

Lewis and former Workshop intern Niles produced the report to differentiate between reach and impact and highlight some of the methods that seem to be working for nonprofits. They cited the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism's methodology, which also was recently featured at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors. 




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