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The Pew Research Center released a new study on Monday that found that nonprofit journalism is "growing but fragile." While the number of startup nonprofit news outlets continues to grow, many struggle to establish long-term financial stability, instead relying on foundation grants to survive.
Pew surveyed 172 active nonprofit news sites created from 1987 to 2012, funded by a variety of sponsors and groups. The survey identified nonprofit news outlets in all but nine states. The outlets concentrate on investigative journalism (21 percent), government (17 percent), foreign affairs (13 percent), and other niches like the environment, health, and arts and culture.