Should Outlets Be Evaluated By Their Funders Or The Journalism They Produce (Or Both)?


On KCREW’s mid-day show, Press Play, Madeleine Brand interviews the LA Times’ Howard Blume about the takeover of the LA School Report by The Seventy Four. 

As you’ll hear, Blume credits LA School Report for balanced coverage in the past, but raises questions about the funding and editorial focus of The Seventy Four.

He also discusses the differences between the LA Times receiving funding from outside advocates and The Seventy Four’s funding. 

Ironically, as Blume admits, charter school advocate Eli Broad funds the LA Times but does not appear to fund The Seventy Four (or LA School Report).

And, as Blume points out, some of the journalism from The Seventy Four that’s now appearing at LA School Report is good.

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at