We need local news,
but it’s under threat.
Local journalism keeps communities informed and holds the powerful accountable. It is the key to an informed citizenry and provides the tools to safeguard a healthy democracy — but the industry is in crisis.
newspapers have closed
communities are without a local newsroom
of journalism jobs no longer exist
Decline in original reporting.
A less informed public.
Voter & civic engagement decline.
Government waste increases.
Public polarization widens.
The consequences are dire for our democracy.
Nonprofit newsrooms are filling the information gap.
A new generation of digital, nonprofit news models has taken hold across the country, showing us a path to not only rebuild what was lost, but reimagine local news in service of all communities.
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