Founder’s Message

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 citizenry.

Journalism, however, thrives in ways 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, a cooperative 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 mission-driven, for-profit company that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors. We measure our success as a company 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 consider joining us. You can learn more here.


W. Jeffrey Brown
Founder and Executive Director
Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation