CRISIS IN OUR 
BACKYARDS

American local journalism has suffered years of decline and finds itself in an existentially dangerous position.

This multimedia project seeks to examine the causes behind this crisis, the effects a weakened local news ecosystem has on American communities, and highlight some of the organizations attempting to build equitable local news in 2019.

Can Local News Survive?

Local news grew into an essential benefit for American society. Now, unprecedented challenges threaten its very existence after years of decline.

LOOKING AHEAD

Examining some of the people and organizations building sustainable, better local news.

The City Is (Trying) To Cover America's Largest City As A Nonprofit

Free Press Is Helping Build Better Local News, And Asking The Government To Fund It

Video

HOW 
CRAIGSLIST
KILLED 
THE NEWSPAPER

Explainer

MEDIA
CONSOLIDATION

  • What it is
  • Why it matters
  • The companies that own your local news