San Francisco Chronicle editor at large Phil Bronstein asked Bill if he worries some of his favourite newspapers will “disappear.”
From the SF Gate: I think it’s a serious problem. There are obviously good things happening. That anybody can publish, that overall is a very good thing, the fact that you can search and find things is a very good thing. In the video realm, there was such a limited portal for video things to get out, like educational videos and things, my son and I do a lot of science trips, my daughter and I do a lot of trips, the amount we can inform ourselves before we go really is mindblowing.
Gates gives shoutouts to organisations like ProPublica — nonprofits that are covering the important stories other struggling publications can’t afford anymore.
But Bill adds that fewer journalists are covering his own charity organisation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There’s “some meat, some really good stuff, that is starting to be cut, and under what economic model will that be maintained?”
Good question, Bill.
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