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September 2, 2022

Local Fix: Reconnecting to the fall

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Welcome to the Local Fix. Every other week we look at key questions in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea…

Shoutout your neighbors

We love a good guide, and this new resource from Billy Penn is particularly simple and smart. Lizzy McLellan Ravitch collected information about a dozen hyperlocal news outlets in the Philadelphia area with the intent to guide readers on finding news about their specific neighborhoods and outlining how they can partake in it. It’s part of the outlet’s How to Philly series explaining everything from decoding the names of government agencies to using a library card to the fullest. This particular guide helps boost the name recognition of news orgs across the region. Check it out here.
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Somehow it’s September!?

As we soak up these last few days of summer we’re also looking forward to what’s coming up this fall. (And not just the pumpkin flavors!) Here’s what’s on our team’s radar heading into the sunset of the year; what about yours? 

  • Reconnecting at ONA, Media Impact Funders’ JFunders, & the Independent News Sustainability Summit: Christine will dip her toe back into the world of journalism conferences for the first time since 2019, with a mask, hand sanitizer, and maybe a surprise or two up her sleeve. See you there? 
  • Taking part in Democracy Day: Angelica is excited to see over 300 newsrooms join Democracy Day, and for the project to continue on to next year with support from us at Democracy Fund. There’s still time to join in; find out how here.
  • Gearing up for NewsMatch: It’s almost that time for nonprofit newsrooms to start sending out their pitches for matching end-of-year donations. Check out NewsMatch’s spiffy new website and Teresa is putting a note in her calendar to support folks later this year. You can start putting together your own end-of-year calls for donation; check out this Lenfest chat on September 8 about end-of-year fundraising that might help.
  • Watching the Black in the Newsroom documentary: Josh is looking forward to Media2070’s documentary which you can catch at an upcoming screening, or request your own screening. “When Black journalists are marginalized and pushed out of journalism, the results are disastrous,” said Collette Watson, vice president of cultural strategy for Free Press, co-creator of Media 2070 and director of Black in the Newsroom. This documentary shows that and more.
  • And making good use of freshly harvested fall produce, of course. Theresa of Democracy Fund’s grants team (our resident chef on Slack) is eyeing this sausage stuffed acorn squash recipe, and this apple cinnamon bread has been Christine’s go-to fall bake the past few years. More ideas are welcome!

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On our radar


Jobs and other opportunities

Have a delightful weekend,

Christine and Teresa
@heres_christine and @gteresa

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