Black newspapers urgently need funding to provide the kind of leadership and good information readers seek in this moment
When Freedom’s Journal, our nation’s first Black newspaper, was founded in 1827, it proclaimed, “We choose to plead our own cause. For too long have others spoken for us.”
The voice of the Black press has consistently been the drumbeat for Black America for almost 200 years — from the initial cries to end slavery, to the coverage of Black soldiers in the Civil War. The Black Press chronicled the lives of those who would have otherwise been invisible. From major constitutional battles to Supreme Court decisions, the Black press became a key player in changes occurring across the country.
The lynching of Emmett Till, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the inauguration of former President Barack Obama — the Black Press has been there, told the story, cried the tears, bled the blood, and raised our flag in pride. Now in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Black citizens in communities across the country are looking for answers. Many do not trust mainstream media, and have largely been ignored by major news outlets as a constituency throughout the years.
With your support, Black media organizations can take their rightful place as leading reporters on this crisis.
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About Local Media Association/Local Media Foundation
With more than 3,000 members in the local newspaper, broadcast and digital space, and services that reach even further, Local Media Association has the reach and relationships to facilitate support for local journalism quickly and extensively. The Local Media Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship to independent for-profit local news organizations for a COVID-19 coverage fundraising program that raised $1.4 million from 15,000 donors from all 50 states over two months, including many publishers of color. And LMA helped manage a Facebook COVID-19 grant program that judged 2,000 applications and distributed $10.5 million to local news organizations in less than five weeks.
LMF also runs a digital transformation lab with five Black publishers, designed to expedite their transition to a digital and sustainable future, and two journalism collaboratives in Chicago and Oklahoma. Two Black publishers serve on the LMA board of directors (Janis Ware/The Atlanta Voice and Sonny Messiah Jiles/Defender Network, Houston).
The Local Media Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of this program and will manage the application process, distribution of funds and required IRS reporting.
The Fund for Black Journalism is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. LMF is raising funds for Black media organizations for coverage of issues and protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, that will educate and inform the public in communities across North America.