Accelerate Local NOW

Help us reinvent business models for news

$89,835

57 supporters

$150,000 goal

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Local news needs your support

Accelerate Local wants to ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news. We need funding in order to test and vet new ideas -- our goal is to raise $150,000 by the end of 2019.

As an extra incentive: Local Media Association will match every dollar up to $100,000 received from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31.

  • Donate at least $100 and receive a #SupportLocalNews laptop sticker.
  • Donate $250 or more and receive a SupportLocalNews T-shirt.
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In just nine months, the impact of Accelerate Local on the local media industry has been significant. The total number of media companies participating in Accelerate Local labs and projects is already up to 43 (and 10 of those companies have been involved in more than one project – for a total of 53 strategic partnerships).

These initiatives include 29 newspapers, 8 broadcasters and 6 digital news sites. Eight of the 43 media companies serve underrepresented audiences. Our partners range from the largest in the industry such as ABC Television Stations, NBC Television Stations, McClatchy and GateHouse Media to the smallest such as The Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), The Atlanta Voice and The Idaho Press Tribune (Nampa, Idaho). In addition, we are working with more and more digital news sites such as The Texas Tribune and Village Media. Great things happen when we collaborate across the entire local media ecosystem.

Our goals for 2020 and beyond are even higher. The time for bold experimentation is now! Please join us by making a tax-deductible donation.

Learn more about Accelerate Local


* GNI Subscriptions Lab, The Branded Content Project, The TV Membership Project, GNI Data Lab, NewsFuel, and Digital Transformation Lab for Publishers of Color

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