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July 10, 2022updated 15 Feb 2023 3:48pm

Future of Media Explained podcast 8: How to fund news through philanthropy, with Open Democracy’s Peter Geoghegan

By Aisha Majid

1The eighth episode of Press Gazette’s Future of Media Explained podcast takes a look at how some newsrooms are turning to charitable donors to open up new revenue streams.

The episode features an interview with Peter Geoghegan, editor-in-chief and CEO of non-profit media platform, Open Democracy. Funded largely through grants from foundations and trusts, Open Democracy brings some 11 million visitors per year to its site.

Open Democracy is not the only newsroom that’s turned to donors for support- data suggests that upwards of $550m of philanthropic money was given to support journalism around the world in 2020.

Geoghegan speaks to Press Gazette data journalist Aisha Majid about what makes a newsroom attractive to philanthropic donors, what it takes to run a donor-funded newsroom as well as some of the challenges fundraising for news presents in the UK.

Listen to episode eight of Press Gazette’s Future of Media Explained podcast here. And read more from Geoghegan and others about philanthropy in journalism on Press Gazette here.

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