1. April 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    […] Written by Mary Lou Fulton & cross-posted from The Media Optimist […]

  2. Jon Funabiki said,

    April 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Bravo, Mary Lou. Media has such cross-cutting implications that all foundations should consider ways to integrate media into their initiatives. Journalism is not dead, it’s being reinvented. We can help shape tomorrow’s journalism.
    Cheers and thanks,

  3. Digidave said,

    April 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Mary Lou
    Thanks for the Spot.Us shoutout.

    Funny too – because I’ve actually encouraged Spot.Us reporters who have pitches up to do some quick research to see if there is a small foundation that might support their pitch. Even a $500 contribution from a foundation would make a BIG impact on the likelihood of the story getting funding – and would be a relatively small contribution from the perspective of the foundation.

    I do like the phrase “it feels like handing out fire.” That might be a great analogy. Certainly fire can come back to burn you – but communities need it to stay warm.

    Here’s hoping that more foundations will jump into the media grant making space.

  4. Carla Murphy said,

    April 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for getting at the realist concerns behind the warm, fuzzy that hardly anyone disagrees with: free societies need journalism. I especially like the overview of the kinds of media projects that have gotten funded. That’s quite telling.

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