Accelerate Local Update, from Local Media Association
We're bringing two big new opportunities for journalists and news organizations seeking funding for their efforts. First is NewsFuel, a new platform to match funders with journalism projects. Second are 10 stipends for investigative reporting work from The Fund for Local Journalism. Also, LMA intern Camryn Allen shares what she learned this summer about the value of local media in times of crisis.
— Jay Small, Chief Operating Officer
The new platform, built with funding from Google News Initiative, includes searchable listings of funders and funding opportunities, as well as news organizations and their projects in need of funds.
Funds will be available to qualifying news organizations in North America. The first round of stipends will focus on three topics: education, social injustice, and the unhoused.
"A tornado came through my neighborhood on Aug. 4, and my next door neighbor's home burned down on Aug. 11. ... The importance of having information about your community at all times hit me like a punch in the nose." And more from Camryn as she moves from intern to employee.
The network of more than 85 franchised local news sites, part of the beta group for The Branded Content Project, finds ways to turn ad client discussions toward the value of content marketing, to mutual benefit.
The first stories from the Windy City collaborative, focused on the impact of COVID-19 on essential workers in the region, will publish this month.
  • Researcher Damian Radcliffe and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism have launched a new survey of journalists to hear how their jobs and organizations are changing, and their hopes for the future. (Damian Radcliffe)

  • Coinciding with this week's 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., launched a video interview series, We the Women, featuring interviews with 19 influential women across South Carolina. (The Post and Courier)