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During times of crisis, crucial information about your community comes from local reporters.
Access to high quality information is essential. Especially local information. And especially now. What’s happening in our communities? What’s open? What’s closed? How are our local leaders responding? For answers to these questions, we rely on the hard work of our local reporters. As a result, readership of local news outlets has reached record highs.
But because of COVID-19, most local news publications are losing money, fast. Advertising has plummeted during the crisis. Readers aren’t subscribing fast enough to fill the void. And thousands of local reporters are being laid off. Just as our society faces numerous, urgent challenges.
Millions of people are in danger of losing access to the authoritative local information they need to stay informed. That’s why the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium are working with our members to build a strong future for local journalism. And that’s why our long-time partner Google is purchasing ads like this in local publications across the country, as well as providing a Relief Fund for local news outlets. But those actions alone aren’t enough.
Millions of people are in danger of losing access to the authoritative local information they need to stay informed. That’s why Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium are working with our members to build a strong future for local journalism. And that’s why our long-time partner Google is purchasing ads in local publications across the country, as well as providing a Relief Fund for local news outlets. But those actions alone aren’t enough.
Please consider supporting the publications you’re relying on. Thousands of them are listed on this website with convenient links for your reference. Search for one you know here:
Subscribe to them. Donate to them. And if you have a business that’s able to, advertise with them. You are crucial to sustaining the dedicated journalists that serve your communities. Our local news outlets help keep us safer. Let’s help keep them open.
This website is brought to you by the Local Media Consortium, Local Media Association, and Google News Initiative.
About the Local Media Consortium
The Local Media Consortium delivers economic value through strategic partnerships on behalf of nearly 90 local media companies in top markets across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and includes more than 4,000 outlets. The LMC delivers over $50M in annual financial benefit to its members by harnessing their combined volume and scale to reduce costs and increase revenue with technology and service providers like Google, Facebook, Monster and others. According to ComScore, the aggregated LMC audience footprint spans 212 million monthly unique visitors and reaches 80% of the U.S. online audience. More information is available at http://www.localmediaconsortium.com/.
About Local Media Association
Local Media Association (https://www.localmedia.org/) is a thriving and innovative organization that is intensely focused on discovering new and sustainable business models that will support local news. LMA’s innovation engine, Accelerate Local, launched six initiatives in 2019 with 50 different media partners including a digital transformation lab for black publishers. Three new projects have been launched so far in 2020, including the COVID-19 local news fund, and two news collaboratives – the Oklahoma Media Center and a yet-to-be-named effort in Chicago. Local Media Foundation is the association’s 501(c)(3) charitable trust that supports the essential role of local news and information in a healthy democracy.
About Google News Initiative
The Google News Initiative represents Google’s effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Through its partnerships, programs and products, the Google News Initiative works with thousands of organizations worldwide to support quality independent journalism, financial sustainability, and development of new technologies that drive innovation. Google allocated $300 million over three years to energize these collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new products and programs for a diverse set of news publishers, to benefit the entire ecosystem. Learn more at g.co/newsinitiative
For Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association:
Christina Gillham, 646-868-5174
Kristin Brocoff, 949-400-4899