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

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.

COVID-19 Local News Fund

At its core, journalism is an altruistic pursuit.

If you believe your community and your audiences value the local journalism you do, believe it’s vital to a functioning democracy, and would be devastated if it were gone, it is important to level with them about needing help to get through the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why LMA has launched the COVID-19 Local News Fund.

The COVID-19 Local News Fund is a program administered by the Local Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Local Media Association. 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 $700,000 in one month of community-based fundraising campaigns, bolstered by the team at Local Media Foundation and its mission to support local news outlets in sustainability.

Local Media Innovation Alliance

Local Media Foundation hosts a program that is designed to put innovation on the fast track. The Local Media Innovation Alliance is a subscription-based program that provides monthly research papers and related webinars focused on innovative topics.

The reports focus on promising trends/opportunities from local media companies of all kinds, including newspapers, pure plays, radio, TV, directories, and more. Subscriptions are open to all local media outlets.

Participating companies receive monthly research papers in the form of white papers, case studies and best practices related to each topic. These monthly reports provide a deep dive into emerging and promising trends and opportunities. The authors include respected industry consultants and contractors that have the knowledge and expertise to properly conduct the research and write the reports. In some cases, the author spends time at the media companies that are being studied in order to provide the deepest dive possible into these topics.