Eight months after the launch of the Marshall Project, Nieman Journalism Lab takes a look at the nonprofit criminal justice-focused news site. It finds that the outlet has diversified the types of stories it publishes and has developed effective partnerships with other media organizations, but that fundraising remains challenging.
Arrangements with organizations like The Washington Post and New York Magazine have allowed the Marshall Project to tap into resources like page designers, interactive developers, and photographers, which the organization would not be able to support in-house.
The site has a $5-million budget and receives funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, among others, as well as revenue through events, membership plans, and advertising. Neil Barsky, the site's founder and chairman, says he's confident about the site's viability through 2016, but that "we’ll still be fundraising for the rest of our professional lives."