Although I don’t find it particularly revolutionary, I do like the format of the newly launched NPR.org. I was also quite intrigued when my friend Jeff Jarvis pointed me to Newsweek’s interview with former NYT.com honcho and relatively new NPR CEO Vivian Schiller. In it she talks about about the benefits of being a non-profit, as well as the fact that 501c3 isn’t a panacea for anything. And she addresses (without so naming it) the “monstrous hybrid” concept of the NYT (or any for-profit daily) accepting foundation money. It is in my mind absolutely indistinguishable from the McDonald’s asking the gates foundation for $1b, and promising to spend it only on lettuce and tomatoes.
Vivian Schiller in Newsweek