Charity Commission recognises ‘charitable journalism’

In a significant new development, the Charity Commission has today granted charitable status to the Public Interest News Foundation (PINF), an organisation developed through consultation with a group of UK independent news publishers. “Whilst there are already a number of journalistic charities operating for educational and similar purposes, PINF is the first to be registered …

Coronavirus is killing quality journalism – here’s one possible lifeline

[This article was originally published at The Conversation on 14 May 2020.] Buzzfeed’s decision to shut down its coverage of Britain and Australia is a terrible reminder of the crushing financial pressures now bearing down on news media. When COVID-19 crept undetected across the world at the start of 2020, journalists were already grappling with three interconnected …

House of Lords evidence from Bates Wells Braithwaite

As part of the House of Lords Inquiry into the Future of Journalism, Lawrie Simanowitz, Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, and longstanding legal expert on the charitable status for journalism, made a submission. Here’s a brief extract: The Cairncross Review clearly recognised the benefit to the public brought by certain types of journalism. This included local newspapers …