In the News

♦ Libraries partner with students, nonprofit to bring local information to "news deserts." The papers are joint ventures among the library, CRA, community members, and local and national foundations. Read the full article here.

♦ Hot off the presses, a new newspaper in Schuylkill County produced completely by kids in third through eighth grades. It's called Coal Cracker.

♦ In 2012, the Community Reporting Alliance partnered with the Livingston Manor Free Library to achieve media restoration in a community that had lost both its town and high school newspaper. The result: Manor Ink.

The project was hailed by the regional magazine, Hudson Valley, hailed Manor Ink as a sign that print and community news is not dead.

And at year's end, Manor Ink, was named one of the "Top Five" innovative achievements in the region by Heron's Eye Communicati0ns in their 2012 Quality of Life Quintet.

♦ After a year of working on the Media Restoration Project in a town without local news in the Hudson Valley of New York, we talked to Ford Foundation Sustainable Journalism Fellow Mark Briggs about some of the lessons we learned.

♦ The Community Reporting Alliance spent a week at a Ford Foundation-funded workshop on Sustainable Journalism Start-ups. Read about our passion for nurturing the future of community news in this article by Ford Fellow and Time magazine business writer Jeremy Caplan.

♦ It's important for watchdog reporting and community journalism to continue at even the most local level, Community Reporting Alliance President Jeanne Straus told Newsbeat writer Christopher Moore in 2010. Read the full Newsbeat article here.

Collaborative Publishing – When the team at the Gerry Foundation in upstate New York wanted to tell the story of the first decade of their community renewal program, we partnered with them to provide a journalistic approach to their first-ever in-depth publication. Sullivan Renaissance magazine — a limited print edition and digital version — chronicles ten years of grassroots action made possible this growing grant-funded program. It's another way we've been able to deliver empowering information for and about communities.

The Fund for Local News – Over the past few years, the most common request from local news providers has been a simple one: Can you help us survive? It's a tall order in some cases, yet it's at the core to our mission. We established the Fund for Local News in 2011 so that we could reach out to grassroots donors as well as foundations to help us support news coverage at the local level, training for community news reporters and our exploration of sustainable business models. The Fund is now our primary channel for donations and grants. Can you help ensure a future for local news? Find out how.

Best Practices Watch – The Community Reporting Alliance monitors the local news industry for best practices in order to broaden the base of support for original reporting. How have those news organizations which are now non-profit (such as Adirondack Explorer, Voice of San Diego and MinnPost) done it? Can these be tailored to other communities?

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