Building people power to win the local media transformations that communities need to thrive.
Take a moment to imagine a different future for local journalism. What would it look like if:
- Local media provided stories and information that helped people make decisions, take action and engage in conversations that matter?
- Journalists collaborated with the public to amplify community narratives and give voice to important underreported stories?
- Journalism organizations were accountable to, and reflective of, the diverse communities they serve?
- Newsrooms acknowledged past harms, apologized, and worked to repair and care for the communities they’ve wronged?
- Public policies helped increase the number of local-journalism outlets and expand the number of journalists and storytellers of color?
Free Press’ News Voices program is turning these “what ifs?” into reality.
News Voices organizes with communities, journalists and newsrooms to build power and advocate for the news, information and narratives that people need to thrive.
We do this by collectively dreaming up new media futures, addressing media harms, designing equitable engagement strategies, building power with communities and advocating for journalism repair and transformation. We also train and support journalists and organizers around the country who want stronger local-journalism infrastructure.
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.