In 2022, our grantees met the moment with ingenuity, resilience, and determination.
AJP CEO, Sarabeth Berman: “Nonprofit does not mean non-commercial. The goal is to leverage philanthropy to establish these nonprofit organizations [and] build into a place where they can become self-sustaining.”
“In 2023, we will not only continue to see more local news organizations open up shop, but also the sustainability and scalability of the nonprofit model to reach more communities that remain underserved by local news.”
"If there’s any sort of potential bright spot coming out of some of the current tech platform crises, it’s that news and journalism institutions can offer a counter message and cement themselves as reliable sources of community information and connection.”
This fall, we hosted a series of panels centered around one question: Does local news matter? Each panel highlighted a researcher and a leader of a local nonprofit news organization.
Local news holds the government accountable, one of the many reasons it’s essential to democracy. In the final conversation in our series of conversations on the impact of local news, we heard from Nikki Usher of the University of San Diego, Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent and Michelle De La Isla, former mayor of Topeka, Kansas.
As we work to rebuild local news, we have a clear, urgent opportunity to create news organizations that are more diverse, equitable and inclusive. This shift must happen both inside the newsroom — with better policies for recruitment, hiring, training, retention and growth – and in the communities newsrooms serve.
Despite growing participation in national politics and high volumes of information available online, local political engagement in the U.S. has declined — but local news can be a solution.
Today, on Democracy Day, we’re joining a national group of media organizations and their supporters that are each sharing ways that American democracy is under threat — and how we can save it.
As we measure our impact in nonprofit news, we’ve learned some key lessons about the growth of nonprofit local news organizations