Local News Lab: 4 ways funders can support local news
Democracy Fund’s Local News Lab published a short guide for funders looking to support local newsrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article details four ways funders can support community newsrooms and local journalists bringing communities crucial information about the virus:
- Ask what the local journalism needs are. Local News Lab includes articles and tipsheets assessing local news ecosystems and pointing to the areas which need support.
- Support local news organizations and collaboratives by donating to newsroom infrastructure. For example, the Institute for Rural and Community Issues in Kentucky offered to cover printing and postage costs for local papers to distribute sample-copies to surrounding communities.
- Fortify the associations that build local community and capacity. Support organizations like the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian-American Journalists Association, and the Institute for Nonprofit News, which help bolster local newsrooms by sharing their tools, knowledge, and networks.
- And finally, directly support freelance journalists – freelancers don’t have access to institutional support and often don’t have the proper protective equipment to report on the pandemic.