Escaping the news desert: Nonprofit news and open-system journalism organizations Journal Article uri icon



  • This case study examines the social institutional influence on how a nonprofit community newspaper conducts newswork. Utilizing both in-depth interviews and participant observation, the data illustrate how the government, the audience, donors and advertising impact news construction processes. The results are analyzed through both management and media sociology theories. Finally, the authors elucidate how nonprofit news organizations can optimally operate as an open-system (or organism), allowing for all peripheral social institutions to impact newswork without losing any autonomy over the journalism.

publication date

  • April 1, 2020

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 11, 2021 12:10 PM

Full Author List

  • Ferrucci P; Alaimo KI

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1464-8849

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-3001

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 489

end page

  • 506


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