• When I started working at Democracy Fund I got a lot of questions about how we know that journalism, and especially local news, really matters for democracy. I was regularly asked for data and research that illustrates the connection and that proves that healthy media is critical to a healthy democracy. In 2018 I beganContinue… Read more

  • In this op-ed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy my colleague Teresa Gorman and I write about the creative and impactful ways the local foundations are leading the way in rebuilding local news. We share a series of stories about regions across the United States where local and national funders are partnering to grow more vibrantContinue… Read more

  • Last week my youngest announced they want to be a journalist. My work is focused on rebuilding a vibrant and equitable journalism landscape in America so they hear a fair bit about media and news in our house. But this was the first time they had said they want to be a reporter. The next day IContinue… Read more

  • Ping and Echo is a daily newsletter that I started with my kids during the pandemic. Every day, for 100 days, it delivered podcasts kids and grown-ups can listen to together, and provided everything you need to turn an episode into an adventure. The post below was published when I launched the project in MarchContinue… Read more

  • When it comes to the biggest stories of 2018, from immigration to education, gun violence to campaign finance, nonprofit journalists around the country have been a driving force for good, revealing corruption and lifting up the stories of their communities. Below are 29 remarkable examples from the Institute for Nonprofit News list of best storiesContinue… Read more

  • Last week I was Many used the occasion of the chain letter to find a poem, or quote, that spoke to the moment we are in — reflections on hope, challenge, and struggle. Others shared writing that reflected on creativity, community and the act of writing itself. I should note, that I have never participatedContinue… Read more

  • 20 Of The Best Nonprofit News Stories Of 2017

    This was an amazing year for investigative journalism — especially around the country at the local level where nonprofit newsrooms are holding leaders accountable and covering the issues communities care about. Here are 20 important stories that had an impact around the United States in 2017. Standing Up For Quality News This year has reminded us why quality journalismContinue… Read more

  • The Future Of America’s Free Press Is In Our Hands

    The True Cost of Holding Leaders Accountable   A year ago, Mother Jones published a groundbreaking piece providing a rare and harrowing inside look at the private prison industry. Their reporter, Shane Bauer, had spent four months undercover working at a private prison at great risk and expense. The story prompted the Obama Department ofContinue… Read more

  • Why Quality Journalism Matters When We Talk About Honoring Veterans

    Ahead of Veterans Day, News Match 2017 — the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen non-profit journalism across the United States — is shining a spotlight on journalists and newsrooms whose work has lifted up critical issues impacting veterans and their families. News Match is doubling donations to these organizations, and more than 100 others, between now andContinue… Read more

  • News Match Launches With $3 Million in Matching Funds for Nonprofit Newsrooms Across the Country

    This month three foundations announced they are putting up $3 million in matching dollars and inviting the nation to stand up and support local news and investigative reporting. The News Match fund is a collaboration between Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.Continue… Read more