Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation work to reinvent business models for news by focusing on our four strategic pillars:
- Business transformation
- Journalism funded by philanthropy
- Industry collaboration
- Sustainability for publishers of color / diversity, equity and inclusion
Here are recent articles about our work in all four strategic pillars.
Succession is a perilous time for small or family-owned businesses, and community newspapers are no different. We often hear from publishers whose papers have been in their families for generations, but who need a new path forward. We also know that papers published by and serving Black communities play an outsized role in our nation’s […]
Local Media Association has named the nine news organizations that will participate in its Advanced Fundraising Lab, launching in September. These nine newsrooms have distinguished themselves by their combination of prior success at fundraising and their track record of journalism on behalf of the communities they serve.
Newsletters provide an effective channel for engaging with audiences offsite, encouraging them to visit and read more often. And they move readers down the funnel more efficiently, ultimately to become dedicated financial supporters.
Local Media Association is proud to announce a free and easy solution for newsrooms to add trusted climate reporting to their websites, and tell the local story of this global issue.
“Legacy” media. We use the phrase as shorthand for “media that have failed to change with the times.” I get that. Lost, though, is another aspect of the meaning of “legacy”: what you are known for — your reputation earned over time for your work. A news organization’s legacy matters in three important ways, and […]
When Jane Wooldridge, senior director for journalism sustainability and partnerships at the Miami Herald, reached out to local stakeholders to learn what topics they felt needed more coverage, she wasn’t surprised that climate change was at the top of the list. “I don’t really have to explain why — I live in Miami,” she said. […]
The investigation was stalled. Jennifer Palmer, a reporter for the nonprofit investigative reporting team Oklahoma Watch, started looking into COVID-19 relief programs for education in 2020. Then Palmer began digging into Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds in Fall 2021. “And I had kind of gotten stuck,” Palmer said. “I had a source who was pretty […]
Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation have released a new report detailing lessons we learned from our work with industry collaboratives. We launched our first collaboration in March 2020, and to date, have launched or managed nine collaborations including geography-based and topic-based formats. Why do we believe in collaboration? Because the industry gets stronger […]
When Terry Williams, president and CEO of The Keene Sentinel in southwest New Hampshire, began asking people in the community about their most pressing issues, health care access was immediately a top concern. “We talk about the fact that there are really two things that are very difficult to get in Cheshire County,” Williams said. […]
Collaboration comes with numerous potential benefits for local news organizations — including shared resources, more reach, and greater depth of reporting. But workflow and logistics can reduce the scale of those wins. For shared content, web editors might find themselves in the labor-intensive processes of copying and pasting stories, chasing down image rights clearances, or […]
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