Focus Areas

The Charitable Journalism Project has been set up to conduct research in three principal areas related to public interest journalism and its potential for charitable status:

Legal Analysis

What principles relevant to journalism are already in use in charities and media organisations, both in the UK and beyond? Legally-focused analysis of public interest journalism is led by the CJP’s legal colleagues from leading charity law firms Bates Wells Braithwaite and Stone King.

PBJ Policies

What policies are needed for organisations engaged in public interest journalism to carry out their work in compliance with charity law? How do journalistic enterprises put in place effective frameworks to ensure the quality of their content?

Local, Independent Journalism

What challenges are independent, local and community journalism outlets facing, and how can the public benefit elements of this journalism be protected, restored and maximised?

Aligning news outlets that produce public interest journalism with non-profit principles may help ensure news organisations, crucial for our democracy to function, are more sustainable.