Prepared for Gavin B. | Delivered September 10, 2019
To understand local nonprofit newspapers in the US.
Institute for Nonprofit News
has 209 members. Not all of these are newspapers but most are in some form.
Interestingly, in 2018, INN only had
members, so it has grown substantially in recent months.
To be a
member of INN, an organization must be organized as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) (such as INN). It also must be transparent about funding sources and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting."
Between 2010-2015 (the latest available statistics),
organizations donated over $1.8 billion to nonprofit media outlets in the US. Around of half this was received by PBS and NPR, but
(or $80 million) went to local nonprofit news organizations.
with active local nonprofit news outlets are Texas, Minnesota, Illinois and California.
has a $4 million annual budget. At his current rate, it will run out of money in 2.5 years if donations do not continue.
states there are "around" 200 local nonprofit news outlets, employing around 2,200 journalists.
Some nonprofit newspapers are sustainable, which implies the majority are not
yet. ProPublica and The Texas Tribune both increased their revenue last year.
INN found that, despite this, only
nonprofits news outlets closed last year.
tends to come from organized rounds, small donations from readers, large philanthropist donations, funding from charitable organizations and coalitions with other nonprofits as part of much larger funding drives.
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