The Ford Foundation’s two-year, $1.04 million grant to the Los Angeles Times “is a small contribution to editorial excellence, but if it turns out to be part of a larger trend toward supporting newspapers as they move increasingly towards digital delivery, then the prospects for traditional news could take a turn for the better,” writes Peter Osnos.
Meanwhile, Tribune Co.’s Chicago paper is planning to charge online readers premiums for different kinds of content, reports Lynne Marek. “The Tribune’s approach would put a price tag on extra coverage in a particular area, such as sports, entertainment or literary news.”
* Osnos on LAT grant: Is philanthropy journalism’s last hope? (The Atlantic)
* Earlier: Former LAT journalists are struggling, too (The Journalism Shop)
* Chicago Tribune to “creatively” leap over pay wall (Crain’s)