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Nonprofit news sites keep popping up in Arizona. Here's why

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John Wihbey

The Valley has recently seen an increase in new nonprofit news organizations.

ProPublica opened a Southwest bureau in Phoenix. AZ Luminaria, a community-focused newsroom started by veteran journalists, launched recently. And they all join the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, which has been around for a while.

All of this begs the question: How many nonprofit news organizations can survive in one market?

To learn how they might fare, The Show spoke with John Wihbey, an associate professor of journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to remove a media organization incorrectly referred to as a nonprofit; the audio still contains the error.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.