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The Local Media Project (U.S. newsrooms)

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Philly nonprofit UliftU. Credit: The Philadelphia Citizen

The Local Media Project (LMP) is a multiyear initiative that we launched in 2019, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, to strengthen and reinvigorate local media ecosystems.

The LMP aims to catalyze sustainable solutions journalism-oriented collaboratives — groups of newsrooms and other civic institutions that together build trust in all segments of the communities they serve and stimulate public conversations about key issues. The LMP aims to support at least 15 collaboratives; we incubate new collaboratives for two years before spinning them out as independent, self-sustaining entities. Funding from the Knight Foundation supports the creation of news hubs in cities or other geographically bound media ecosystems to foster informed and engaged communities.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation supports news collaboratives in Western New York and Southeast Michigan focusing on potential solutions to challenges facing caregivers of older adults.

Read more about the initiative here.

If you’re a newsroom or civic leader with ambitions of bringing together place-based peers to catalyze transformational coverage, reach out to Liza Gross or Delaney Butler to discuss your idea.