The National Trust for Local News is a nonprofit dedicated to keeping local news in local hands.
We work with communities to catalyze the capital, new ownership structures, and business model transformations needed for established local and community news organizations to thrive and remain deeply grounded in their communities.
Why Community News?
Local newspapers represent more than 80% of the newspaper ecosystem in the US. These papers cover communities that range from a few hundred people to tens of thousands of people. They take a variety of forms, but often, they are the only reporting source specific to a town, county seat, or region.
Local newspapers are:
These papers are trustworthy because they are relevant and close to the community, reporting on “people like you.” They combat disinformation on social media through their accuracy and independence. Journalists are in touch with residents, and they report on nonpartisan events like local business development, crime, cultural events, and sports.