I hope and look forward to a news source that represents the many different kinds of people in Greater Houston, their interests, and their needs. This would ensure Houstonians have access to information that’s accurate and understandable and meaningful to them."
Dr. Suratha Elango, Texas Children's Hospital
The Houston Local News Initiative is a nonprofit initiative formed by three of Houston’s leading philanthropies and the American Journalism Project. It will provide quality local news for Houston that reflects the needs of its diverse communities.
With an anticipated launch in late 2022 or early 2023 on multiple platforms, the new nonprofit news organization will elevate the voices of Houstonians and address the needs of the community as identified in the American Journalism Project’s extensive research. Its wide-ranging coverage will be available for free to readers as well as other news organizations.
A platform like this would be so important to the immigrant and refugee community because they would get information about their community and what’s important to them.... We never hear about the community because no one really asks."
Jannette Diep, Boat People SOS
The creation of this organization builds on the nonprofit news movement in Texas, which is home to the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital-first publication covering public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. It will be sustained by a combination of philanthropy, memberships, and sponsorship revenue, and will uphold the highest standards of journalism — philanthropic foundations will not have editorial control, review, oversight, or influence over the content being created or distributed.
Nonpartisan news and information is so valuable because you’re not stealing someone’s control over how they should make decisions, you’re providing them with accurate info that’s concise and factual, and they get to make the decision."
Angelica Razo, Texas State Director, Mi Familia Vota
A coalition of philanthropies
A coalition including three of Houston’s leading philanthropies have invested $20 million to establish a new, independent, nonprofit news organization later this year.