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The economics that supported the news industry for most of the twentieth century are no longer viable. As a result, the civic function news provides is under threat.
We founded the American Journalism Project to help combat this threat. In other sectors, venture philanthropy has created sustainable new ecosystems that fill gaps left by the market. We are doing the same for local news.
What is a Civic News Organization?
A civic news organization is a local news organization that has a public service mission and commitment to meeting the critical information needs of the community — in areas such as government, environment, education, social and criminal justice, or public health. It is supported by a mix of commercial media tactics and sophisticated charitable fundraising.
We’ve set an audacious goal: to raise $50M from a visionary set of champions to support social entrepreneurs in building sustainable civic news organizations where they live — leaders who can serve as exemplars for a new generation of local news outlets.