Jason Stverak

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jason Stverak
Jason Stverak Photo.jpg
Born Jason Wesley Stverak
Rapid City, South Dakota
Occupation journalist
Subject Politics

Jason Wesley Stverak is the president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a politically conservative[1][2][3] online news organization. Before joining the Franklin Center, Stverak served as Regional Field Director for the Sam Adams Alliance as well as Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party.


Stverak holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Foreign Service and Slavic Studies from Baylor University where he minored in economics. After graduating in 1996, he began working for United States Senator Larry Pressler's reelection campaign as a Regional Campaign Director. He spent the next two years as the Legislative Campaign Coordinator for the South Dakota GOP, later becoming Executive Director of the Minnehaha County Republican Party in Sioux Falls.

In 1999 he became Finance Director for Nebraska Senate Candidate Don Stenberg. After Stenberg's defeat, he became Political Director for the Nebraska GOP in 2001. He also worked for Omaha Mayor Hal Duab, serving as his Deputy Campaign Manager. He later returned to North Dakota to serve as Executive Director for the state GOP, a position he held for six years.

In 2007 hebecame Executive Director of Rudy Giuliani's North Dakota Presidential campaign. After Giuliani's failed bid for the GOP nomination, he joined the nonprofit world, becoming Regional Field Director for the government transparency and accountability group, the Sam Adams Alliance.

Nonprofit journalism[edit]

Stverak has written on the subject of non-profit journalism.[4][dead link][5][dead link][6][dead link] He contends[7] that investigative journalism is "the most effective weapon of the press" and that nonprofit online ventures "give journalists the opportunity to investigate stories and reemerge as the legendary beat reporters from yesteryear."

His editorials often describe how traditional media outlets are no longer able to properly cover state and local government as well as perform in-depth investigative reporting. Stverak believes this is due to "economic realities"[8][9] that have engulfed the industry. Stverak believes that nonprofit journalism through the use of new technology is "filling the void"[10] created by newsrooms that can no longer sufficiently staff reporters to cover state and local government.

Stverak is a strong proponent of traditional news groups working with nonprofit news organization to serve the public interest. Stverak's employer, the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, offers training[11] to news organizations interested in utilizing new media. Stverak has invited media outlets to "steal our stuff,"[12][dead link] welcoming journalists to use Franklin Center reporters' stories and sourcing for their own publications.

Journalism and government[edit]

Stverak advocates the separation of government and journalism.[citation needed] In June 2010, Stverak opposed attempts by Michigan State Senator Bruce Patterson to introduce legislation to license reporters.[13] Patterson told Fox News that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about.[14] He also complained that some journalists covering state politics worked for publications he had never heard of. Stverak wrote in a Washington Examiner opinion editorial, "this legislation not only attempts to control the media but it is stepping on the constitutional protections afforded to the press."[citation needed]

In March, 2011, Stverak applauded the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate funding for National Public Radio.[15]

Opinions and new media[edit]

During his tenure at the Franklin Center, Stverak has become a regular opinion-editorial writer to his publication’s opinion pages[16] as well as an op-ed contributor to publications such as the Washington Examiner,[17][dead link] Online Journalism Review,[18][dead link] Washington Times, Daily Caller[19] and Breitbart.com.[20] Stverak has also made guest appearances on nationally syndicated and local talk radio programs, as well as cable news outlets.[citation needed]

In 2012, the Franklin Center website began featuring a blog column that offers commentary on a wide variety of subjects. Stverak contributes[21] to this section on a regular basis, addressing current events, personal experiences,[22] popular culture[23] and the need for civility in media and politics.[24][25]

Citizen journalism[edit]

Stverak is an advocate[26][27] for citizen journalists. His commentaries often include his opinions on the ongoing legal and legislative battles regarding the first amendment rights of bloggers and non-traditional media reporters. His positions support everyday citizens having the same rights or being protected by the same media shield laws as reporters who receive a paycheck.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Peters, Justin. "‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ McDuffee, Allen (May 21, 2012). "Heritage Foundation and Franklin Center team up for Breitbart awards". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Sirota, David (August 1, 2014). "Chris Christie Wins Lawsuit to Exempt Himself From New Jersey's Open Records Laws". International Business Times. 
  4. ^ The Changing Face of Journalism
  5. ^ Investigations and explanations - two journalism tasks where nonprofits can thrive
  6. ^ Franklin Center's Take on ProPublica's Pulitzer
  7. ^ Franklin Center Statement on Nonprofit News Organizations Winning Pulitzer
  8. ^ Franklin Center Website Media Section
  9. ^ The Changing Face of Journalism
  10. ^ Investigations and explanations – two journalism tasks where nonprofits can thrive
  11. ^ Franklin Center Computer Assisted Training
  12. ^ Franklin Center project Illinois Statehouse News
  13. ^ Licensing journalists is a dangerous trend
  14. ^ Michigan Considers Law to Register Journalists
  15. ^ Franklin Center Statement on House Vote to Defund NPR
  16. ^ Jason Stverak Author Archives
  17. ^ First Amendment protects bloggers, too
  18. ^ Federal court ruling provides a victory for grassroots journalism
  19. ^ Philadelphia’s blogger tax is a slippery slope
  20. ^ America: On Obamacare, Journalists Have Failed You
  21. ^ Jason Stverak Blog Posts
  22. ^ Can Taffy Bind Us Together
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Nazi comparisons must stop now
  25. ^ Clyburn wrong about role of media in America
  26. ^ First Amendment victory for citizen journalists
  27. ^ First Amendment protects bloggers, too