News Impact Project

News Impact Project

News impacts your life. Empower a more informed society.

Welcome to the News Impact Project, proudly showcasing the valuable work of journalists and newsrooms in local communities! The resources found here, including an Index of Impactful News and a print and digital Tool Kit for news publishers, provide compelling evidence of the critical need for continued local news coverage by quality journalists.

Access the Index and Tool Kit below and consider supporting your local news publishers through subscribing or making a donation, or simply sharing their good work with fellow members of your community, friends and family members.

Index of Impactful News

News is how we navigate our lives, whether it’s a new movie theater opening down the street, excessive spending of city officials, or a road maintenance project that will affect our daily commute. The stories contained in this database demonstrate the importance of and critical need for quality local journalism in order to ensure strong, informed communities. Access the index in two forms below: 1) A comprehensive listing of all stories in the index with links and 2) Featured stories on our blog that provide more insight and detail into how the stories came to be.

News Impact Project Tool Kit

The Tool Kit demonstrates the unique and important role local news publishers play in informing and engaging community members on important local issues. There is a clear call to action: In order for local news publishers to continue to reinvest in quality journalism, they need support from their readers.

Share this print and digital resource with government and community leaders and teachers to reinforce the civic role journalism plays in their home communities. Click on the button below to access the Tool Kit components and begin spreading the word (member login required).

Social Media Graphics

Inspired by the News Impact Project Tool Kit, news publishers can use these visually engaging, shareable graphics on their social media channels to highlight the critical importance and value of local news publishers, and encourage readers to support their local newspaper through subscribing.

Click below to access and download the social media graphics (member login required).

 

Often is it through receiving the everyday efforts of local journalists and newsroom staff to produce and deliver the news that we begin to realize the importance of local news in our daily lives.

Use the News Impact Project Logo

Download the News Impact Project logo and include it in posts of impactful stories on your own website!

Send Us Your Stories

If you are a journalist, editor or other newsroom member with an impactful story to share, click below for more information on the the News Impact Project and to submit your story for inclusion in the encyclopedia of impactful stories.

Learn More

Please contact Alliance Reporter, Trends & Insights Jennifer Peters with questions or for more information.

∼ The information we get from our local news is what allows us to
engage in our communities and with our neighbors. ∼

LATEST ARTICLES

Browse our impactful stories featured as part of the News Impact Project here.


Webinar Recap: Using Data to Inform and Improve Your Journalism – Including NEW Information on Tracking Your Coronavirus Coverage
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Webinar Recap: Using Data to Inform and Improve Your Journalism – Including NEW Information on Tracking Your Coronavirus Coverage

In a webinar with the American Press Institute’s Metrics for News team, we discussed which measures of engagement to focus on (hint: not just pageviews) and how to define success. Through a series of 11 lessons on using metrics for newsroom change (gathered from the Metrics for News team’s work … Read More
Tennessee's Jackson Sun Proves the Importance of Local News on City Finances
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Tennessee’s Jackson Sun Proves the Importance of Local News on City Finances

A 2018 study found that when communities lose their local newspapers, city finances are dealt a major blow. This is why the work done by the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun is especially important and impactful. A series of investigative news stories published in late 2019 follow reporter Adam Friedman as he … Read More
Oregonian’s Reporting Leads to Required Timely Testing of Sexual Assault Kits
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Oregonian’s Reporting Leads to Required Timely Testing of Sexual Assault Kits

Thousands of untested sexual assault kits that could have solved at least 500 sexual crimes in Portland over the last decade were left on storage shelves. Detectives vowed to fix the issue after the homicide and sexual assault of a 14-year old girl named Melissa Bittler in 2001. However, an … Read More
At The Oregonian, No One Is Too Big to Be Questioned
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At The Oregonian, No One Is Too Big to Be Questioned

Some people may think of local news as foreign or irrelevant to them if they don’t live in the publication’s main coverage area. But local news can be global news, and The Oregonian’s “No Mercy” is the ultimate proof … Read More
Charlotte, North Carolina’s WFAE Connects “Angel” to Group in Need
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Charlotte, North Carolina’s WFAE Connects “Angel” to Group in Need

When we think of how news impacts our lives, we often think of information: We learn about road closures, legislation that will affect our community, or even residents of interest who we want to know more about. But sometimes, lightning strikes and the impact of a news story is immediate … Read More
Colorado's Canyon Courier Highlights Youngest Change-Makers in Community
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Colorado’s Canyon Courier Highlights Youngest Change-Makers in Community

News stories don’t have to be deep, investigative reports or articles that create legislative change to make an impact. It’s true that communities need watchdogs, but impact can be created by stories of all kinds, from notices of local road closures to human-interest stories about unknown neighbors and vibrant local … Read More

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