Local Media Foundation

About the foundation

Local Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association, one of the largest local media trade associations in North America. More than 3,000 media properties are involved with the work of LMA and LMF.

The mission

To ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news.

Innovation

Local Media Foundation serves as the innovation arm of the association. More than 2,000 local media executives have participated in progressive and innovative programs.

Board of directors

The Local Media Foundation board of directors is comprised of industry leaders who provide oversight and direction.

Local Media Foundation programs

The Fund for Local Journalism 

The Fund for Local Journalism supports local reporting projects, in-depth investigative accountability, and solutions journalism efforts that provide an important public service in communities across North America.

Through stipends of up to $10,000, news organizations in the U.S. and Canada can pursue new and timely investigative reporting initiatives that educate the public on important issues, such as social justice, the environment, health and human rights, institutional corruption, education, economic inequality, affordable living, and more.

With a goal to fund $10 million in projects in three years, Local Media Foundation has also created the opportunity to designate funds specifically to support publishers of color.

Investigative reporting is a vital part of a healthy and robust local media environment and serves to inform and engage citizens, empowering critical change in communities. This kind of dogged journalism is time-intensive and expensive to produce. Our stipend model strategically delivers funds to as many local news organizations as possible, as quickly as possible, to educate the public on important issues.

COVID-19 Local News Fund

The COVID-19 Local News Fund is a program administered by the Local Media Foundation. The purpose of the program is to increase coverage of COVID-19 issues in local communities. This allows independent and family-owned news organizations to solicit tax-deductible community donations to support and increase their coverage of the crisis.

Hundreds of publishers have participated in the COVID-19 Local News Funds, garnering more than $1.4 million in 10 weeks of community-based fundraising campaigns, bolstered by the team at Local Media Foundation and its mission to support local news outlets in sustainability. Through these funds, local media outlets have been able to provide vital ongoing coverage of the pandemic and resulting economic crisis.

Accelerate Local

Accelerate Local

Local news matters more than ever, but the core business models that support this work have been profoundly disrupted. This has led to an astounding rate of decline of quality journalism across North America.

A thriving local news ecosystem is critical to community accountability, civic engagement and healthy democracies. With no existing replacement model to support local journalism, the need is urgent for new businesses that effect profound, not incremental, change.

Local Media Association built Accelerate Local exclusively to address this problem. It is committed to ensuring the future of local news by discovering, researching, testing and delivering new business models that can profitably scale. As a nimble, skilled innovation machine, it can focus on the most promising models with the agility and rigor required.

Accelerate Local aspires to change the trajectory of the local media industry by reinventing business models for news. We invite all interested media companies, foundations, technology providers, philanthropists and more to get involved.