Support the Local Community News Fund of New England

Managed by New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., an affiliate of the New England Newspaper and Press Association

$56,371

579 supporters

$500,000 goal

Campaign Ended

Team Member

Waterbury Roundabout

$7,455

by 119 supporters

$25,000 goal

Waterbury Roundabout is a local news site launched in May 2020 as a volunteer effort in collaboration with the University of Vermont's Reporting and Documentary Storytelling program. 

It relies on professional journalists in the community to steer news coverage that includes regular contributions from UVM student reporters.

Our goal is to follow important local news developments from our schools and town government, businesses, neighborhoods and community organizations. Particularly in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, timely information on public health is critical along with insights into its impacts on our community. 

Local news outlets are critical sources of information for the communities they serve, and the Roundabout especially aims to fill the recent gap in coverage of Waterbury and Duxbury. The Roundabout will be the place where readers can learn about the people who live and work in our area.

We are pleased beyond expectations at the warm response this project has received to date. We also recognize the challenging economic climate in which we are cultivating a new news-gathering enterprise but we are encouraged to put Waterbury Roundabout on a track to become sustainable.

Moving ahead, we envision a small, dedicated, paid staff knowledgeable about our community that can provide consistent attention to the news each week. They would mentor university and even high school student journalists to give them firsthand experience learning to cover a Vermont community.

We hope to achieve this with financial support through donations, sponsors and grants.

The New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created the Local Community News Fund of New England and will serve as our fiscal sponsor allowing the Roundabout to receive tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations.

We hope this can set us on a path toward putting down roots as the community's source of local news for the foreseeable future.

We hope you will help us get started.

Lisa Scagliotti
Editor, Waterbury Roundabout

Publications

Waterbury

$7,455

119 supporters

The Jamestown Press

$28,372

275 supporters

Stowe Reporter

$5,912

43 supporters

Journal Opinion

$4,570

18 supporters

InterTown Record

$1,485

22 supporters

The Other Paper

$1,345

18 supporters

News & Citizen

$1,100

18 supporters

The Martha's Vineyard Times

$940

21 supporters

Boston Irish

$1,320

13 supporters

The Citizen

$817

8 supporters

El Planeta

$1,050

3 supporters

Shelburne News

$375

7 supporters

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Your local newspaper needs your help!

In times of uncertainty, the importance of reliable news and information is vital.

Local newspapers play a critical role in the communities they serve, making us all stronger. They are dedicated to keeping you informed, whether it is a local issue or a worldwide epidemic that is a danger to our communities, they are there to deliver consistent, quality local news coverage. Especially now, local news is a crucial public service that is keeping people informed and safe.

Traditional advertising revenue, which everyone has counted on to fund the free press, has been decimated by the current crisis, and the loss of advertising dollars has threatened the existence of many newspapers.

The New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created the Local Community News Fund of New England and this fund-raising portal to allow tax deductible donations to support your local newspaper.

Local newspapers remain strong in their commitment to serve their community and, with some assistance from loyal readers, they can keep reporters on the job working to provide resources and information that every community needs.

You can ensure that your community continues to get the local news and information it needs by donating to this fund. All donations will go to the newspaper of your choice, and will help pay reporters’ salaries and other costs of covering the local community.

All donations to this fund are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting local newspapers. Together, we can make it through this.

Local Community News Fund of New England is a service of, and administered by, New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., affiliated with New England Newspaper and Press Association

New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., tax ID #23‐7297724, is a Section 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to accept charitable contributions.


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