News Voices brings together communities and newsrooms to reshape journalism’s future.
Local journalism plays a critical role in our communities.
It shapes our lives
Our communities rely on local journalists to tell our most important community stories — stories affecting our homes, education, health and jobs.
It holds leaders accountable
Local journalism helps us hold our leaders accountable so they apply resources where we need them most. We need reporters keeping an eye on those in power.
It connects our communities
When journalists are connected to our communities, we become more connected to each other. This helps us work together to address local problems like gentrification, under-resourced schools and racial injustice.
It creates positive change
For our communities to thrive, we need to work closely with journalists to report our most important stories and use those stories to create positive change. This means working together.
News Voices is bringing communities and newsrooms together by:
Increasing community access to and engagement with local newsrooms
When our communities are missing from discussions about journalism, we aren’t involved in shaping its future. The stories told about us fail to include our voices. The more engaged we are with local media, the more local journalism reflects us, lifts up diverse voices and serves our needs.
News Voices organizes events, workshops and collaborative projects to build power with communities seeking a stronger voice in local news.
Strengthening news and information supporting our civic needs
We must find new ways to create and support local news and information. To do this, we must strengthen existing outlets that serve community needs while investing in new ideas meant to keep people civically engaged. The only way to accomplish that is by collectively taking action to support journalism in innovative ways.
At News Voices, we organize to supercharge community engagement, highlight underreported issues and build trust between journalists and the communities they serve. We also run advocacy campaigns to support local media and find new ways to fund it.
Question and Answers
News Voices: New Jersey launched in 2015, and we’re working in communities across the state — focusing on connecting people with their local newsrooms.
News Voices: North Carolina launched in April 2017, and we’re working across the state to make stronger connections between communities and the newsrooms that serve them.