Reimagining Journalism: A Community Vision For Local News

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Local news outlets are a vital component of a healthy community; they promote civic engagement, hold elected officials accountable, boost local economies, and foster community. Yet, more than 65 million Americans live in counties with only one local newspaper—or none at all. After years of decline, can we restore hometown journalism? Or is this shift in news consumption reflective of a larger change in American media?

Karen Rundlet, director of journalism at Knight Foundation, focuses on the advancement of new methods and models of local journalism. Her work at Knight Foundation aims to foster a healthy democracy by supporting informed and engaged local communities. John Thornton is the founder of The Texas Tribune, one of the largest local news organizations in the world, and co-founder of the American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy firm dedicated to starting and growing local news organizations.


Karen Rundlet
Director/Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

John Thornton
Founder, The Texas Tribune, and Co-Founder, American Journalism Project

Dan Moulthrop
CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

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