…there are ways to keep young journalists employed and, more importantly, to preserve the sort of journalism that keeps our democracy afloat.
Some have suggested changes in tax law that would make it easier for philanthropies to buy major news outlets, others favor a National Endowment for Journalism that newspapers could tap to pay for the investigative and international reporting now getting short-shrift.
But we need something bigger. Congress, intent on jump-starting the economy, should set aside $100 million – well under 1 percent of the stimulus approved by the House of Representatives and pending in the Senate – for a national journalism fund.
Ugh. This sounds like the worst idea in the world. How can journalists keep their integrity in reporting on Congress and the White House if they’re taking a buyout from the very people they should be covering?