Contributing to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.

Founders Message

Jeff Brown


I’d like to introduce the Fourth Estate and invite you to explore our website.

As you know, the traditional business models and legacy outlets of news continue to disappear and decline, leaving many communities without the watchdog, public service journalism that is vital for 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 a broken and dying industry and able to innovate

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

The Fourth Estate is a Public Benefit Corporation, 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.

If you’d like to find out more about the Fourth Estate, please come and visit our website, which we’ve very recently launched. I hope you enjoy visiting our site, and of course if you want to submit any comments that will help us perfect it, that would be great.

In any case, many thanks for your interest in the Fourth Estate. I’d like to wish you all the best and I hope browsing our pages will be a pleasant and fruitful experience.


Jeff Brown

Founder and Executive Director
Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation