TheVoiceOfJoyce There was a time when communities had local independent news rooms, when city, local and State policies were covered. Every cabinet position was followed by the news, too! Independent news has disappeared and the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation have joined forces with other major non profits to #Press Forward with an independent news initiative.

Individual news rooms, both for profit and non profit, will be able to apply for grant money to supply independent news to communities. They’ll cover local news, infrastructure, voting rights and public policy. Finally, there’s a way to break the major media coverage of the news. Reducing the share of Major Media Platforms news coverage would help our #Fight for Democracy!

On Thursday, more than 20 nonprofit organizations will announce plans to invest a total of $500 million over the next five years in local media organizations, one of the biggest efforts yet to address the crisis in local news.

The initiative, called Press Forward, is spearheaded by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by organizations including the Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Press Forward will use the $500 million to fund grants for existing local for-profit and nonprofit newsrooms, help build shared tools, provide resources to diverse outlets and those in historically underserved areas, and invest in nonpartisan public policy development that advances access to news and information.

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