A joint report exploring the ways in which legal and political frameworks can help or hinder new forms of developing journalism was published on March, 2016. The report, led by the Reuters Institute at University of Oxford and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, examines the impact of national charity and tax laws and regulation on efforts to establish and operate not-for-profit news organization. It focuses on the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, and Ireland, all developed countries with Anglo-based legal systems.
This report also summarizes the issues raised by the respective countries to evaluate the potential for not-for-profit news. It explores how it may be possible for startups and existing news organizations to become charities and gain tax-exempt status.