With the consolidation and corporatization of the news media, one hope was that nonprofit web news sites could pick-up the slack.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism has released an analysis of this field and found that nonprofit news does not necessarily mean nonpartisan. The study of 46 sites launched after 2005 and across the US found that: roughly half of these sites produced clearly ideological news coverage. And, in general, the more ideological sites tended to be funded mostly or entirely by one parent organization, to be less transparent about their funding sources and to produce less content.
Sites with a mixed or balanced perspective tended to have multiple funders and revenue streams, greater transparency and more content.
Strikes me that the latter group is consistent in every way with all the better results-focused nonprofits. Nonprofit boards may want to consider this criteria (balanced perspective, multiple funders and revenue streams, transparency and more offerings/results) when considering sustainability and results-focused strategies.