Non-profit entity closely linked to for-profit magazine The Nation
Sponsors leftist conferences, fellowships, awards for radical activists, journalism internships, and many other things
"Our graduates…constitute an informal network operating in the mainstream media."
The Nation Institute is a non-profit entity closely linked to, and operating synergistically with, the for-profit magazine The Nation.
The Institute's Board of Trustees is presided over by former Nation owner-publisher Hamilton Fish V and includes among its members Nation Editor/owner Katrina vanden Heuvel, Nation Publisher/Editorial Director/owner Victor Navasky, former Nation owner Arthur Carter, Hollywood actor Tim Robbins, and others.
Founded in 1966, The Institute, according to its website, "sponsors a number of projects including conferences, seminars, televised town hall-style meetings, e-mail and web communications, book publishing, syndicated public affairs radio programming and film production, fellowships and internships."
One Institute "project" is RadioNation, a weekly syndicated radio program uplinked to satellite via a National Public Radio (NPR) transponder. The show is hosted by Laura Flanders, who has also worked for Air America Radio and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. It features a wide range of writers and editors from The Nation and thereby promotes this for-profit magazine's newsstand, subscription, and related enterprise sales. Before Flanders, the program host was Marc Cooper, Contributing Editor to The Nation magazine.
Another Institute undertaking is Nation Books, a "venture" begun in 2001 in partnership with a for-profit outside publisher. Authors' revenues are boosted by the advertising of the tax-exempt non-profit RadioNation and TomDispatch.
The Nation Institute is also involved in giving out at least $130,000 each year in awards and prizes to leftist activists. Moreover, it endows "journalism fellows," almost all of whom already have places on the masthead of The Nation magazine. Recent and ongoing Institute "fellows" include Tom Hayden, William Greider, Eric Alterman, Katha Pollitt, Jack Newfield and Jonathan Schell. This offers a way to pay with tax-exempt dollars those whose writing produces the for-profit Nation magazine.
The Nation Institute since 1978 has worked in conjunction with The Nation magazine to recruit, train and influence journalism interns who will carry the Institute's leftist politics into the mainstream. Former Nation interns have worked at such media outlets as the New York Times, Harper's, the Christian Science Monitor, Time, Ms., Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, AP, UPI, ABC, PBS-Frontline, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.