Theory of change" is a term of art in the nonprofit world that refers to the mechanism by which you believe what you’re doing is going to make a positive difference. If your theory of change is based on self-empowerment, you might organize farmers to lobby the government; if it’s economic development, you might loan them money to buy fertilizer. "If you take journalism for what it produces, you would conclude that journalists believe that the world gets better if you remind people that the world is broken every day.

— So, is reporting on a fire reminding people how bad the world is, or documenting an event in progress?

(Source: Fast Company)

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