The Seattle Times: A case study in community-funded journalism

By Hannah Rodriguez, Reynolds Journalism Institute

It’s not a secret that news organizations are struggling to pay their reporters. As employment has dropped 45 percent in the past decade, newsrooms have experimented with direct, outside funding. Through an RJI Student Innovation Fellowship at The Seattle Times, Hannah Rodriguez says she was able to observe how reporters and editors worked to thread the needle of maintaining independence while receiving outside money for various initiatives including Traffic Lab and Project Homeless.

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