About this event
Reliable, independent journalism covering local matters is vital to civic and economic success in any community. However, access to the news is disappearing leaving many rural towns as "news deserts." This 2018 University of North Carolina report cites the closure or merger of nearly a third of 1,800 newspapers in rural communities. During the same time period, the 2006 Telecommunications Acts led to the deregulation of broadcast media and the consolidation of the radio and TV industry, making 10 companies own 90% of the broadcast outlets in the country.
How does local media decline affect rural places, both economically and culturally? How are funders working to stem the loss, and give rural people the information lifeline that all communities need? Join us for this session to learn from:
- The Institute of Nonprofit News, a network of 400 independent nonprofit and nonpartisan news organizations
- The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, a pooled fund at the North Carolina Community Foundation that supports organizations working toward a healthier local news and information ecosystem; and
- Solutions Journalism Network, a worldwide network of 50,000 journalists whose mission is to spread the practice of rigorous reporting about how people are responding to social problems
Melissa Cassut, Solutions Journalism Network
Lizzy Hazeltine, North Carolina Local News Lab Fund
Ja'Nel Johnson-Phillips, Solutions Journalism Network
Jonathan Kealing, Institute of Nonprofit NewsJonathan Kealing is the chief network officer at the Institute of Nonprofit News. He works to strengthen the collaboration among INN’s network of nonprofit newsrooms, develop partnerships and services that help them meet their missions and increase the reach and impact of their journalism. Jonathan oversees the Amplify News Project among Midwest newsrooms piloting news sharing and distribution models. He is especially interested in ways local and regional news organizations can work together with national organizations to extend the impact of their journalism.
Philanthropy Northwest's Rural Funders group is an opportunity for rural funders from across the country to discuss topics and learn best practices alongside peers who serve rural communities.
Registration and Sponsorship
In 2023, the Rural Funders Group calls will be free to Philanthropy Northwest members and $50 for non-members (limited scholarships available). Members must log in to register and get the member rate.
If the series is relevant to your work and you wish to underwrite or sponsor the Rural Funders Group series, please contact Lyn Hunter. Our thanks to the Wyoming Community Foundation for their support.