Press Forward Locals: Trust Begins Close to Home.

Local chapters are an opportunity to create place-based initiatives, driven by the specific information needs of their communities.

Press Forward Locals

Press Forward Locals are a network of chapters across the country where funders bring new donors and foundations together to expand resources for local news.

These chapters are an opportunity to create place-based initiatives, driven by the specific information needs of their communities.

Locals are also key to Press Forward’s success. These chapters are closest to their communities, and can identify authentic approaches that meet their information needs, while rallying supporters around a shared vision for local news.

To date, 21 communities across the country have raised their hand to form a local chapter and reinvigorate local news in their own backyards.

Meet the Press Forward Locals

The chapters and their lead funders are:

Alaska – Atwood Foundation

Central Pennsylvania  – The Steinman Foundation

Central Valley, Calif. – James B. McClatchy Foundation

Chicago – John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust

Colorado – Gates Family Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation

Inland Empire, Calif. – Inland Empire Community Foundation

Lexington, KY – Blue Grass Community Foundation

Minnesota – McKnight Foundation

Mississippi – CREATE Foundation

New Jersey – New Jersey Civic Information Consortium and Community Foundation of New Jersey

New Mexico – Thornburg Foundation and the New Mexico Local News Fund

North Carolina – North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Northeast Iowa – Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Philadelphia – The Lenfest Institute for Journalism

Pittsburgh – Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, Benter Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Henry L. Hillman Foundations and The Pittsburgh Foundation

San Antonio – San Antonio Area Foundation

South Florida – The Miami Foundation

Southern ArizonaCommunity Foundation for Southern Arizona

Springfield, Ill. – Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

Wichita – Wichita Foundation

Wyoming – Wyoming Community Foundation

Each chapter gets support from Press Forward, including access to Catalyst Funds of up to $250,000 to help grow their efforts, technical assistance, including coaching and training, and peer networks to cultivate shared learning.

Meeting the Press Forward Alaska chapter in Anchorage.

Press Forward:
A Guide for Local Funders

For communities that are eager to begin investing in local news, Press Forward also published a new toolkit, Press Forward: A Guide for Local Funders, that offers approaches, case studies and resources.