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The Spotlight Is On Local Reporting

Happy Monday, folks! It's been a few weeks since my last newsletter. It turns out that moving across
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The Spotlight Is On Local Reporting
By Adriana Lacy • Issue #8 • View online
Happy Monday, folks! It’s been a few weeks since my last newsletter. It turns out that moving across the country is a lot more mentally exhausting than I thought it would be. In case you missed it, I took a gig at the LA Times as an audience engagement editor. Living in California has been a huge change from Brooklyn, but I will say, the weather isn’t too bad.
As always, you can reach me at socialstatus@adrianalacy.com/ @adriana_lacy/ or reply to this email.

Let's Get Local
I’ve been in California for a week now, and one thing that’s been on my mind is local reporting. I live in a beach town, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of local newspapers I see on newsstands in my area, and how involved residents are in the happenings of their town.
Sadly, that is not a reality for many people across the nation.
Other tidbits of research from the Center:
  • “Since 2004, more than a third of the country’s newspapers have changed ownership; some sold two or more times.”
  • “In contrast to 20th century media companies that would “buy and hold” newspapers for many years, the new newspaper-owning investment groups actively manage their properties, keeping a short-term focus on the bottom line.”
Still, I remain hopeful. Newsrooms are organizing around the country and ensuring strong futures for employees and publications. Money is pouring in from foundations to local newsrooms.
What hasn’t changed is the need for local journalism.
Local journalism connects real people to real issues — and our democracy is better for it.
What I'm Reading
My Newspaper Died 10 Years Ago. I’m Worried the Worst Is Yet to Come.
Knight Foundation putting $300 million toward rebuilding local news —  Poynter
Here’s the state of African-American media today — and steps it can take going forward —  Nieman Journalism Lab
Want to Start a Collaborative Journalism Project? We’re Building Tools to Help. — ProPublica
A Bonus
Do you know someone great in local news? Be sure to give them a holler on Twitter.
Lenfest Institute
📣LOCAL NEWS ROLL CALL 📣

We want to follow more people who create or support outstanding local journalism. Who should we follow? RT or reply to this tweet with a bit about you and some examples of your work. We'll then follow back and highlight some examples.
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