Index of Impactful News

Index of Impactful News

News impacts your life. Empower a more informed society.

The News Impact Project’s Index of Impactful News provides examples of news stories that have had a positive impact on their communities. This resource provides compelling evidence of the critical role of and need for high-quality local journalism to ensure an informed society.

Whether it’s reporting on the activities of the local government, updates on the local sports teams or coverage of a community event, much of our local journalism has a big impact on the members of the community. Without our local news publishers, we would be at a significant disadvantage.

Scroll down to view the Index entries, alphabetized by news outlet name, and click on the links to read the stories and see how local news is making an impact.


Index of Impactful News

Some stories are behind a paywall. PDFs are shared with permission from the publishers.

The Advocate, “A growing number of towns rely on speeding ticket fines; Here’s how officials are trying to change that”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Exclusive: How systems failed to protect Effingham kids before death”

Bangor Daily News, “Mass eviction in Portland to uproot low income families”

Bay Area News Group, “Who Owns Silicon Valley?”

Bristol Herald Courier, “Critical Mass”

Canyon Courier, “Columbine: 20 Years Later: Lessons Learned” (PDF)

Canyon Courier, “Columbine 20th anniversary: Retired schools communications team member recalls tragedy” (PDF)

Canyon Courier, “Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures” (PDF)

Canyon Courier, “Woman who had ‘infatuation’ with Columbine tragedy found dead at Echo Lake” (PDF)

Canyon Courier, “Kids Who Will Change the World” (PDF)

Clear Creek Courant, “Digger Stadium: As good as gold: A look back at Golddigger Stadium” (PDF)

Clear Creek Courant, “Digger Stadium: There will never be another quite like it” (PDF)

Clear Creek Courant, “Digger Stadium: Ruschmyer, Morris had the best seats in the house” (PDF)

Clear Creek Courant, “Digger Stadium: Old-timers have cherished memories of iconic field” (PDF)

Detroit Free Press, “Mayor Mike Duggan set her up to succeed. That raises questions.”

Detroit Free Press, “Detroit rape victim: Wrong man may be in prison for my assault”

Detroit Free Press, “How Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd is saving 36 girls in Uganda”

Dickinson Press, “Complaints on mail delivery at Dickinson prompt investigation;  newspapers, other mail found in dumpsters” (PDF)

Jackson Sun, “How Jackson’s city finances fell into disarray” (PDF)

Jackson Sun, “How Jackson’s city finances fell into disarray, Part 2: Moving money and hidden expenses” (PDF)

Juneau Empire, “City considering cutting City Museum to balance budget

Kaiser Health News, Not Yesterday’s Cocaine: Death Toll Rising From Tainted Drug”

Louisville Courier-Journal, “Where a woman delivers her baby in Kentucky can determine how safe she is” (PDF

The Nevada Independent, “For years, a public water district blurred the line between business and government — with a developer’s brothel workers at the helm” (PDF)

The Newton Kansan, “Mismatched demographics: Newton district’s staff not reflective of growing student diversity”

The Oregonian, “No Mercy”

The Oregonian, “Thousands of untested sex assault kits piled up in trail of broken promises by Portland police”

The Oregonian, “Polluted by Money”

Press of Atlantic City, “Dispatching practices contribute to Sea Isle’s fire problems

The Salt Lake Tribune, “How the University of Utah’s police department treated female victims and officers for years before Lauren McCluskey’s killing”

Sidney Herald, “Policing the Police: Part I” (PDF)

Sidney Herald, “Policing the Police: Part II” (PDF)

WBEZ, “Chicago Seized And Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt

WFAE, “Facing Eviction, Transitional Shelter for Homeless Families Fights for Its Life”

WFAE, “An ‘Angel’ Buys A House For Homeless Program Facing Eviction”

News Impact Index Participating Organizations

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