A lot has been written and blogged lately about whether the newspaper business, as we’ve known it for centuries, can survive, and whether online news services can replace what’s lost. If you want to read a superb analysis of the problem and why, in his view, online news distribution alone, is not a solution, Paul Starr’s article in the current New Republic — even with its dire warnings — won’t disappoint.
Over the course of many moves, I sadly misplaced my copy of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Hands down, it’s the best guide to writing ever written. In a nod to White, blogger Dean Rieck has developed an equally useful and incredibly concise one-page writing guide that you should print out and paste to your computer.
My friend Rick Cohen sent me a collection of his recent articles on the economic meltdown and what’s ahead for charities and foundations. Toward the bottom of his extensive list was a link to a sobering piece he did titled Lessons for Charities and Foundations from Bernie Madoff.
The Minnesota Council of Foundations has just started an important and timely conversation on its blog, Philanthropy Potluck. Bill King, president, writes about the rumblings in Washington from a few lawmakers that government can only do so much and it’s up to philanthropy to “fill the gap” in services.
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