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Tools for Communities

How to Have a Voice in Local News

This guide offers steps for the public to build relationships with reporters — along with ideas, strategies and tools for anyone who wants to have a voice in local journalism, contribute to a healthy news environment, and see more perspectives reflected in coverage of their community.

The Time Is Right Now: A Call to Action for Antiracist and Just Local News

This Black Voices: Colorado report highlights ways that local newsrooms and foundations can better serve and reflect the needs, realities and concerns of Black community members.

Tactics for Transforming Local News

This how-to toolkit offers step-by-step instructions for communities on the very same tactics News Voices uses. We share strategies on how to envision local news that represents the community, host story circles, hold community meetings with journalists and more.

Tools for Journalists

Before and After the Vote: A Journalism-Resource Database

Designed to help journalists keep communities informed and safe, this database contains more than 100 resources focused on issues like covering white supremacy, disinformation, policing and more.

Organizing for Journalists

This toolkit is a step-by-step breakdown of how reporters can use the principles and practices of community organizers to deepen trust in the communities they serve, uncover underreported stories, and collaboratively identify solutions to local challenges.

Gathering Toward Solutions: A Community Event Playbook for Journalism Collaboratives

This guide, which Free Press’ Alicia Bell created in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, includes both nuts-and-bolts resources and an introduction to community gatherings.

Creating an Engaged Newsroom Toolkit

This toolkit showcases best practices of community engagement, addresses questions and concerns we’ve heard from reporters, and provides concrete tips for newsrooms interested in hosting live events in their communities.

How News Voices Can Support Your Newsroom

Learn about ways the News Voices team helps local newsrooms build trust, deepen relationships and strengthen local journalism.


Reporting on Civil Unrest This Election Season

Grassroots Movements to Support Local News

Could Community Organizing Transform Journalism?

Who Does the News Believe? A Conversation About Race, Power, the Media and White Supremacy

Advancing Public Policies to Support Local News


2019 Update: How News Voices Is Transforming Local Journalism

Read about how we’re already making a powerful impact in New Jersey, North Carolina and Philadelphia and how we plan to partner with more communities, collaborate with more newsrooms and continue campaigning for innovative policy solutions.

What New Jersey Residents Have to Say About the Civic Info Bill

Free Press Action held 10 community forums across the state in 2017. Here's what residents had to say about New Jersey media and the Civic Info Bill.

Our Work on Local Journalism

The future of journalism and the future of our communities are intertwined. News Voices is bringing communities and newsrooms together. Here's how:

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