Democracy flourishes when people have access to reliable information.

Today, we’re experiencing a crisis in news and information.

As local newsrooms have disappeared across America, communities have witnessed fading civic engagement, eroding social bonds, surging misinformation, and dwindling governmental accountability.

That’s why a coalition of funders is taking action.

Building on years of work and investments, a growing group of national, regional, and local funders have come forward to invest in local news and information. Read the announcement.

Our vision

The goal of this initiative is to catalyze a local news renaissance that will reshape the local news landscape and re-center local journalism as a force for community cohesion, civic participation, and government accountability.

We seek to fund programs and organizations that will bolster democracy at the local level, support greater diversity, lean in to digital technology, develop long term sustainable models, and help drive demand for the high-quality local news and information necessary for every member of every community to thrive.

Simply put, our ambition is to raise significant new resources for local news, and lower the transaction costs to both funders and grant seekers in the process.

Our work will be grounded in a set of shared values.

Prioritize transformation

We will invest in ideas that will have profound and lasting change in the American media landscape, and its role in our society. We believe the sustainability of local news will depend on shifting newsrooms practice, community support, philanthropic priorities, and policy frameworks to ensure all communities have access to trusted local news and civic information.

Center community needs

We will support the news and information local communities need to flourish, foster belonging, and embrace a pluralistic democracy. Journalism takes many forms and plays many roles in a democracy, but central is truth, accuracy, and independence. This effort is focused on meeting community information needs, expanding community-centered reporting, and listening to individuals and organizations in the field.

Enable growth with equity and diversity of thought

We will close longstanding inequities in media ownership, philanthropy, and journalism, so the future of local news in America is more relevant and better serves all communities, especially those that have been historically marginalized in media and democracy.

Ensure accessibility

We will move resources to trustworthy, independent journalism that is in service to, in demand by, and available to people across America. We see journalism as a public good, that must be accessible to the widest population regardless of economic, technological, or language barriers.

Independence and interdependence

We will ensure media in America can remain strong and independent in the face of threats, while cultivating a vision of local news that values collaboration, connection, and community. Freedom of the press is paramount to any vision of a thriving democracy. At its best, that press can and will make our communities more free too.

We’re building informed and engaged communities. Join us.

We are proud of the broad coalition of funders that have joined together and we invite additional funders to enhance nonprofit, public, and for-profit news and information.

Archewell Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
Democracy Fund
Ford Foundation
Glen Nelson Center
Heising-Simons Foundation
Henry Luce Foundation
Hewlett Foundation
Joyce Foundation
Knight Foundation
The Lenfest Institute
Lumina Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Mary W. Graham
McKnight Foundation
Rita Allen Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Skyline Foundation
Alfred P Sloan Foundation

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