One year after Report for America released Community News Funds: Local foundations lead the way with a pivotal new strategy for community journalism, its local sustainability team revisited the seven communities profiled in the original study. The results of their work, trends in collaborative philanthropic work for local journalism, and a call to action are
Amy Bonn is Report for America’s Manager of Sustainability for the East Coast and is based in Plattsburgh, New York. Previously, Amy was founder and principal of Finch Network, LLC, a community development consulting firm specializing in grant writing, strategic planning and program evaluations for local, regional and national nonprofits and municipalities. Amy also worked for United Way of Tompkins County, Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and LeMoyne College. The national service movement has informed and inspired Amy’s work since 1994 when Amy started her nonprofit career with AmeriCorps VISTA in Nevada. She then served as a VISTA Leader with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and went on to be a VISTA supervisor and Project Manager. In 1999, Amy was selected to be a National Service Fellow with the Corporation for National and Community Service and conducted a year-long research project on the sustainability of AmeriCorps VISTA projects. Amy holds a B.A. in American Studies and a teaching certificate from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in Community and Rural Development from Cornell University. In 2018, Amy became an approved trainer through the Grant Professionals Association.
Newsroom turns to community, finds groundswell of support for local journalism
Tucked up in New Hampshire along the state line with Vermont, readers of the Valley News are embracing philanthropic support for local news. “I value our local journalism and want to ensure ongoing talent” was one reader’s comment when they donated to the Lebanon, New Hampshire, newsroom. Dan McClory, the publisher for Valley News, got