Donor backs new MPR fund for enterprise newsgathering

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An anonymous donor is providing a $5 million challenge grant backing the Minnesota Public Radio Enterprise News Fund, a “permanent fund for significant enterprise news gathering,” announced MPR President Bill Kling during MPR’s Future of News Summit. The summit, convened at MPR headquarters this morning, is examining new models for local and regional news. An afternoon panel on the role of daily newspapers and online start-ups that are helping to fill gaps in local news coverage, is about to begin. Watch and participate online here.