Since March, Nonprofit Quarterly, has been offering a daily on-line news feature, “Nonprofit Newswire” — which is distributed by e-mail as “Nonprofit Headlines.”
Newswire/Headlines offers unusually thorough surveys of U.S. print media — including stories from many papers not covered by the Hauser Center’s Nonprofit News & Comment, periodicals (such as the Harvard Business Review, and on-line sources (such as Bloomberg News and ProPublica). It’s coverage of international stories is minimal, including occasional entries from the British press. It does not include coverage of broadcast media — from sources such as National Public Radio.
The feature does not offer an archive, nor does it sort stories by topic, so to use it as a scholarly resource requiring readers archive posts themselves.
So what are the key differences between NPQ’s news feature and the Harvard’s Nonprofit News & Comment blog?
- breadth of coverage: NPQ’s Newswire concentrates primarily on stoies about nonprofits in the U.S. In contrast, Nonprofit News & Comment devotes significant attention to political, economic, and social trends and policies affecting philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society throughout the world — such as the impact of the Tory government’s “Big Society” initiative on the UK’s NGOs and the role of India’s anti-corruption cru[sader Anna Hazare on the political role of civil society in the world’s largest democracy;
- definition of the nonprofit sector: NPQ’s Newswire confines its attention to the 501(c)3 (charitable tax-exempt) organizations conventionally assumed to comprise the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit News & Comment covers the broader 501(c) universe, including mutual benefit organizations (such as clubs and fraternal entities), trade unions and trade associations, churches and religious bodies, and social movements, as well as activities and organizations on the margins of the sector, including corporate contributions and social responsibility and social enterprise;
- range of sources: NPQ’s Newswire draws primarily on the print media; Nonprofit News & Comment surveys print, broadcast, and on-line media;
- geographical reach: NPQ’s Newswire focuses primarily on the U.S.; Nonprofit News & Comment has a global scope.
That said, Nonprofit Quarterly’s news features — its web page and e-mail feeds — offer an invaluable service, the most important of which is calling practitioner and scholarly attention to the importance of media and the value to both of keeping abreast of changes in this rapidly growing and changing sector.
Newswire and Headlines also provides easy access to Nonprofit Quarterly’s outstanding coverage of the U.S. nonprofit sector.
Ultimately NPQ’s news features and Harvard’s news blog should be viewed as complementary to one another, not as rivals.
Peter Dobkin Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations