I’m sure it’s just my small-minded nature that makes me gag when I read this:
A memo from The Washington Post leadership to staff says the grant of a half-million dollars will allow four new hires. In May, the Ford Foundation granted the Los Angeles Times $1 million to “focus on the Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil.” It was part of an initiative, the Foundation said, to experiment with “new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.”
Let me reel off a few real “new approaches”: Giving money to ProPublica. Grants to bi-lingual local bloggers in immigrant neighborhoods. Grants to start Internet-only publications like MinnPost. That’s three and I’m barely awake. The lack of imagination and innovation exhibited here by the Ford Foundation is staggering.