Giving Compass' Take:
- Sarah Scire discusses the importance of community foundations funding local news outlets, which are often underfunded compared to publications focused on national news.
- How can community foundations supporting local journalism help build healthy communities?
- Read about impact lessons from a community foundation investing in local journalism.
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Foundation support is crucial for nonprofit news organizations of all sizes. A recent INN report, for example, found that grants from foundations accounted for an average of 47% of revenue across local, national, and global publications.
With foundation funding disproportionately going to publications with a national focus, however, local news can get left out. There’s a growing belief that community foundations (as well as local individual donors) will have to step up.
You can see this thinking over at Report for America, which asks that the host newsroom raise at least a quarter of the reporter’s salary from the community or in American Journalism Project promoting local journalism to “local philanthropists who used to donate to the opera or museums.” And you can see it throughout a new report from Media Impact Funders, which highlights the role of community foundations in media-related grants.
Read the full article about community foundations funding journalism by Sarah Scire at Nieman Lab.