New Jersey Sustainability Reporting Project

The New Jersey Sustainability Reporting project is a statewide news collaborative spearheaded by CivicStory. It generates local news stories about sustainability issues and actions required to resolve the climate crisis. Through 6-month fellowships, early to mid-career journalists report for diverse New Jersey newsrooms and help citizens shift from day-to-day thinking to longer-term consideration of the needs, health, and wellbeing of future generations.

Sahan Journal

Sahan Journal, an independent, nonprofit news site in partnership with MPR News, serves the immigrant and refugee populations of Minnesota with professional journalism centered on immigrant lives, voices, and experiences. It has been publishing essential pandemic coverage in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, in order to be accessible to the three largest immigrant groups in the state.

Local Boost

The Voice of San Diego “Local Boost” initiative spurs the local economy and helps to ensure the sustainability of our nonprofit newsroom. The program leverages philanthropy to incentivize sponsorship and marketing packages for local small businesses and nonprofits, diversifying our revenue sources and demonstrating our values and commitment to our local community.

Block Club Chicago’s Free West Side Resource Fair

Block Club Chicago hosted a free resource fair on the West Side, bringing together 21 community organizations to offer free food, toiletries and health screenings to residents. Our neighborhood reporter was also on hand to take story tips and meet people.

The TIF Illumination Project

Tax Increment Financing districts (TIFs) divert billions of public property tax dollars from local units of government across the USA annually. This is a secretive and corrupt process that sends public dollars to private developers with virtually no grassroots input or evaluation. This is a national story with unlimited local news hooks. It is part of a larger conversation on local economic development, economic and racial justice, government accountability and crass corruption (or, as we say, in Chicago, “pay to play” politics), and it offers rich opportunities for civic engagement, journalism and and volunteer-driven research.

Community Conversation Series

We gathered a diverse group of West Virginians to discuss their information needs, how the community can be involved in the growth of our startup newsroom and what gaps exist in the media ecosystem that Mountain State Spotlight can fill. We held two conversations through Zoom with 21 participants from all over the state with different political leanings and different life experiences so that we can build a newsroom to serve all West Virginians.

Bloomfield Information Project’s news harvests

The news harvest is a technology-assisted workflow we’ve developed to produce a daily local newsletter in communities that are media deserts. It allows people to launch useful multi-lingual news products that uplift existing community production and begin the restoration of those ecosystems.

Enlace Latino NC Podcast

Podcasts covering Coronavirus in Spanish – one for North Carolina’s undocumented immigrant community and another for its farmworkers.

The Local

The Local is a daily dose of hometown news for Portland, Oregon. New episodes are released every weekday morning; each installment features a rundown of the day’s top stories, a featured story segment and an interview with someone from the community — a local politician, creative, thinker, journalist or leader.