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Heartfelt comments from supporters of the COVID-19 Local News Fund

By Emilie Lutostanski • Director, Local News Resource Center The COVID-19 Local News Fund program enables local news organizations to fundraise for vital, educational and local reporting of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Since launching at the end of March, the fund program has enabled more than 231 local news organizations to sustain their coverage, with the support of […]

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Milestone: $1 million donated for local pandemic coverage via COVID-19 Local News Fund

Local Media Foundation reaches $1 million goal, partnering with more than 230 participating local news outlets across 39 states on an emergency response program to activate grassroots giving Local Media Foundation eclipsed $1 million in total donations to the COVID-19 Local News Fund on May 7, achieving its initial goal in just 40 days. The program is an […]

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Engaging fundraising: How The Examiner garnered $30,000 in donations via COVID-19 Local News Fund

Examiner Media, serving Westchester and Putnam counties in New York, was among the first news organizations to join the COVID-19 Local News Fund program, established by Local Media Foundation. In the first 10 days, Examiner Media crowdsourced more than $15,000 through engaging tactics and saturation of the key message: local journalism is incredibly valuable. Ultimately […]

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$500K in donations, 6,000 supporters and 200 publishers: COVID-19 Local News Fund growing fast

By Matt DeRienzo • LMA Consultant and Emilie Lutostanski • Director, Local News Resource Center The COVID-19 Local News Fund launched its fundraising program for independent and family-owned nonprofits in late March, evolving over the past four weeks to partner with nearly 200 local media organizations that have raised $500,000 from 6,000 donors — and they’re just getting […]

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Personal text outreach accelerates giving to Houston Defender in COVID-19 Local News Fund

By Emilie Lutostanski • Director, Local News Resource Center On Easter weekend this year, hundreds of individuals heard from Sonny Messiah Jiles, CEO and publisher of the Houston Defender, which publishes community news in print and online. The text messages she sent were simple and personal, and drew attention to the Defender’s COVID-19 Local News […]

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Foundation funding firsts: How this Rhode Island publisher secured a $10,000 match in the COVID-19 Local News Fund

By Emilie Lutostanski • Director, Local News Resource Center East Bay Media Group saw early success with the COVID-19 Local News Fund program. In about two weeks the family-owned publisher has raised $43,000 to support its seven local newspapers in Rhode Island, including its first donation ever from a local community foundation. “When we started we had a […]

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$48,000 in a week: COVID-19 Local News Fund success stories, donor feedback and tips from partners

By Matt DeRienzo, LMA Consultant | April 8, 2020 Through participation in the COVID-19 Local News Fund program, independent and family-owned publishers are connecting with community donors who are eager to support local reporting in an unprecedented time. Since its launch less than two weeks ago, collective contributions to the COVID-19 Local News Fund now […]