philanthropy.com 06 Jan, 2021 15:45 am

Foundations That Want to Support Local Journalism Should Take a Close Look at Alt Weeklies

Foundations That Want to Support Local Journalism Should Take a Close Look at Alt Weeklies
For relatively small investments, philanthropy could help preserve some of the most important local journalism around—and fend off growing rightwing “news” sites.

” Meanwhile, many respected progressive weekly newspapers, known as alternative or alt weeklies, are confronting an existential crisis.For relatively modest investments, foundations could help struggling alt weeklies reinvent themselves as nonprofit news sites — and combat the new spate of community Pravdas peddled by companies like Locality Labs.Alt weeklies came of age in the 1960s and ‘70s, when many daily newspapers cozied up to local politicians and gave short shrift to arts and culture reporting.Some alt weeklies managed to survive, but during the pandemic, they are barely hanging on.

But we are at “a unique inflection point” for alt weeklies, says Josh Stearns, program director of the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund, which invests in many nonprofit news organizations.He believes that foundations that finance journalism will increasingly deem alt weeklies “assets to local communities.

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