cross-border journalism

Pre-ERNOP poster seminar, summary

From pre-ERNOP seminar, July 12th 2017, CBS & Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen

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ERNOP, CBS Centre for Civil Society, professor Anker Brink Lund


European mapping project of public benefit foundations

European project mapping public benefit foundations in a comparative analysis, role and significance in society, historically and now. Giving score and number of foundations per inhabitant given an impression of potential role and characteristics. / Anker Brink Lund, Copenhagen

Speakers: Marta Rey-Garcia, Galicia (mapping foundation landscape in Spain); Martin Hölz (analysing German foundations’ application formats over time), Volker Then (analysing foundation landscape in Germany), Heidelberg; Renée Stenbergen, Utrecht (endowed individual and family foundations); Virginie Xhauflair, Liège (mapping foundation landscape in Belgium); Eva Kuti, Budapest (mapping foundation landscape in Hungary including historical roots); Anker Brink Lund, Copenhagen (stakeholder approach Denmark).


Useful for my current research interest:

Non-linear impact analysis: Impact analysed by looking at the larger picture in a given sector, society and including intended/unintended input/output of a given philanthropic support.

Independence is a question dealt with not only by journalism donors/grantees but also when it comes to supporting academic and other research. Potential models for comparisons.


#taxation #business foundations #history #religious foundations #gvt foundations #application procedures and donors’ expectations # intended and unintended input/output



Foundation-owned media

Interesting historical walk through media ownership in three Scandinavian countries:

In Sweden foundation ownership came up in the late 1940ies to distance particularly liberal and conservative party media from the parties, while socialdemocratic party media stayed with the party. The latter are all closed today, while the liberal and conservative media still exist. As of 2017 six foundation-owned newspaper groups own 50 of Swedens 93 newspapers – with varying success.

Jonas Ohlsson, GU

In Denmark newspapers have gradually changed towards foundation ownership and in 2017 58 percent of Danish newspapers are controlled by foundations. This type of ownership was introduced in times of economic success and was considered a recipe for survival. So far the ‘main morte’ / internal stagnation managerial problems appear to be avoided.

Anker Brink Lund, CBS

In Norway three stages can be observed: A non-profit era from the 1880ies until the 1970ies, where the objective was to secure information rather than profit, a for-profit era from the 1980ies and onward followed by a no-profit era. In this situation Norwegian media look around and are currently moving towards foundation ownership.

Johan Roppen, Volda

#media ownership



Editorial independence

My Donor-supported journalism – poster on the dilemma of donor-supported journalism and independence, the notion of direct/indirect agenda setting