Curing local news for good

This piece ran in Columbia Journalism Review. I’m using this space to elaborate on some of the ideas. DISCUSSIONS OF HOW TO SAVE LOCAL NEWS now need to balance two awkward realities. On the one hand, local news organizations need urgent help in order to keep their doors open and provide information to residents. No, it doesn’t

The Coronavirus Is Killing Local News

Keeping these news sources afloat needs to be part of the governmental and philanthropic response to the pandemic. Reprinted from The Atlantic By Steven Waldman. and Charles Sennott Among the important steps you should take during this crisis: Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. And buy a subscription to your local newspaper. The coronavirus

Support Your Local Newsroom

During this global pandemic, show local news some love at a time when we need trusted, factual, on-the-ground journalism. Use Command+F on a Mac, or Ctrl+F on a PC to find a specific state, region (South, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and West) or newsroom. Click on the newsroom name to support that newsroom’s Report for America

The kids are alright

Erin McIntyre and Mike Wiggins form a formidable wife-husband local journalism team who are now entering the space of donor-funded journalism. The pair left daily newspaper jobs in 2019 and bought a 1,500-circ weekly in rural Ouray, Colo. — The Ouray County Plaindealer. They are the only two full-timers on staff due to their budget,

Report for America newsrooms raise nearly $1 million in 2019 through local philanthropy

NEW YORK — Today, Report for America announced its 2019 partner newsrooms quadrupled the program’s goals for local fundraising in 2019, raising more than $800,000 from more than 1,150 local donors, and nearly $1 million when including partners running public radio campaigns. Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, leverages a three-to-one regional