NPR CEO and President Vivian Schiller takes Slate Editor-at-large Jack Shafer to task for his criticism of the nonprofit model proposed for The New York Times. Below, I’ve included excerpts from Shafer’s article, followed by Schiller’s responses.
But if the point is to stake the Times for perpetuity, the biggest problem will be keeping the foundation hustlers from taking over. In my experience, foundations that fund journalism directly—as opposed to journalistic education—are more interested in promoting what they consider “social justice” than promoting journalism. For them, a newspaper is just a means to an end.