Pew study examines emergence of non-profit news

July 18, 2011 - 10:59 AM

A new report finds that more than half of emerging nonprofit news sites produce content with a clear ideological bent.

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism report released Monday examined 46 national and state nonprofit news sites.

It found that the more ideological sites tended to be funded mostly or entirely by one parent organization, although that group may have multiple contributors. Those sites tended to produce less content and be less transparent about who they are and where their funding comes from.

Sites with a more balanced political perspective tended to have multiple funders, more transparency and more content.

Pew researchers analyzed 1,203 stories from the month of September 2010 and conducted an audit of the sites and their chief supporters between May and September 2010.