Headline Jan 24, 2015/ ''' SAM DAILY TIMES ''' : '' THE GREAT PUBLIC GOOD ''

''' SAM DAILY TIMES ''' : 



On behalf of the students of Pakistan, I will personally inform and request Prime Minister Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif, to declare Sam Daily Times  -the voice of the voiceless-  as  THE GREAT PUBLIC GOOD.

Students of the rest of the world,  -and the world over, must endeavour to inform their respective leaders to consider doing likewise: Support Sam Daily Times : as '''The Great Public Good''.

ONE SHARE-PEACE-PIECE for every single student in the world. Sam Daily Times, belongs to every student in the world.

Great and fantastic voluntary work and servings accomplished by Mariam, Rabo, Dee, Haleema, Aqsa, Hussain, Mustafa, Ibrahim, Sarah, Eman, Hannyia, Ahsen, Armeen, Hamza, Mayna,  Ali, Faizan, Haider,  Shazaib, Salar, Ehsen, Saima, Paras, Sorat, Vishnu, Harris, Rehan, Anne, Reza, and all the students of the world.

Bandits, terrorists, clan rivalries, lawless security forces and corrupt officials make  Russia's north Caucasus the murkiest part of an opaque country.

But then, also, all of the above is also just so applicable to many, many countries the world over. 

*Journalism there is difficult and dangerous. Journalism every where in the world, is damn difficult and darned dangerous*.

Much of the best reporting is done by  Caucasian Knot, a bilingual online news service. Whereas most of the Russian National Media is owned and controlled either by the Kremlin or by tycoons wary of incurring its displeasure.

Caucasian Knot is financed by donations.

Media philanthropists are active in in calmer places, too. Readers and advertisers have switched to the Internet. Profit margins have shrunk or vanished. Papers are dying and journalists being sacked.

Costly foreign and investigative reporting has been particularly squeezed, as has local news. One increasingly popular  -if limited -response to to these travails is the sort of:   

''Philanthro-jornalism''  long practised eleswhere by the likes of Caucasian Knot.

Thanks to its charitable traditions, this trend is most visible in America.

A few philanthropically financed operations have been around for decades, but recently they have been joined by many more.

Jan Schaffer of  j-lab, a journalist think-tank at American University in Washington, DC, estimates that American foundations have donated at least $250 million in non-profit journalism ventures since 2005.  

Many of these, such as Texas Tribune, cover state politics. 

The highest profile is arguably ProPublica, an investigative reporting unit set up in 2008 with help from Sandler Foundation. It has already won two Pulitzer prizes

Its managing editor  Stephen Engelberg argues that, since investigative journalism is now too expensive to be sustained by commercial business models, it ought to be considered public good.

The trend is spreading to other countries, including Australia and Britain, where regulators and politicians have fretted about the decline of old-fashioned media without doing much about it.

Money from the David and Elaine Potter Foundation is funding the Bureau of Investigative Journalism   (BIJ) , based at City University in London.

Iain Overton, its editors, reckons that many traditional outlets lack the forensic skills,  as well as the cash:

 ***To Crunch Data And Hold The Powerful To Account***

Such subsidies aren't new. Plenty of Newspapers  in what now looks like their golden age survived on plutocrats generosity. That continues today.

Several American local newspaper, one of the most fragile parts of the industry, have been taken over by rich businessmen.

Some of Britain's up market dailies are scarcely commercial.

The loss-making Guardian is run by a trust which also own the moneymaking AutoTrader.

The  Independent  was saved by a Russian billionaire.

Some might call that philanthropy, too.

But the likes of  ProPublica and the BIJ have some distinct features. They do not seek to make a profit, even hypothetically.

Most try hard to ensure donors gave no editorial influence. Many give away their content    -both these outfits' websites sport  ''steal our stories'' button.

ProPublica shares its underlying data on, say, doctors links with pharmaceutical firms, helping to generate more coverage.

It is arguably closer to the world of campaigns and think-tanks than the media industry.

So, some fine and great day, in not too distant a future,  you all, will have to stop and consider, if  Sam Daily Times can be funded by private or students' generosity? And also the fact,  that if so, can it compensate:

For the decline of commercial kind or many other kind?

Thus, I leave it,  - to you all: values, diligence, sacrifices, view of the future, and what you think you owe to humanity and the future generations.

The great Honour and Serving of the operational research continues. Thank you for reading and see Ya all on the following one.

With respectful dedication to all the Students of the World. See Ya ll on !WOW! -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' On The Record '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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