And I believe it is a winner for commercial news organizations, universities, and university-based reporting centers nationwide, and for philanthropic foundations and individuals who care about the democracy and news. It is a win-win for the public and society at large as well. This may also be the next iteration of the nonprofit journalism ecosystem.

Correction: Due to an editor’s error, an earlier version of the story said that the John Sullivan hired by the Post is the same John Sullivan who wrote a fine 2011 piece for CJR about the rise of the public relations industry. They are not the same person, and we’re sorry for the mistake.


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Charles Lewis , a former 60 Minutes producer who founded The Center for Public Integrity, is a MacArthur Fellow and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington.