Founders Message

W. Jeffrey Brown

Founder / Interim Director

As you know, traditional business models and legacy outlets of news continue to disappear and decline, leaving many communities without the watchdog, public-service journalism vital for a healthy society and well-informed citizens.

Journalism, however, thrives in ways and mediums never before imaginable, through social media, mobile apps, online blogs and other platforms and outlets, driven by visionary entrepreneurs willing to disrupt and able to innovate.

The Fourth Estate proposes a new journalism business model, for the public benefit and based on equity, co-operation and sustainability for all stakeholders of the news ecosystem.

The Fourth Estate is a new kind of organization: a mission driven new generation multi-stakeholder cooperative comprised of individuals and organizations, an enterprise that exists to produce a real benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its equity holding members and investors.

We measure our success by how well we achieve our mission, not only by the size of our profits.

Thanks for your interest in the Fourth Estate. If you’d like to play a role in sustaining and growing robust, service-oriented journalism in the public interest, I encourage you to get involved and join us. You can learn more here.


W. Jeffrey Brown

Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation

A trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy