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.


Canyon Courier Shows How Its Community Moved On After Columbine
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Canyon Courier Shows How Its Community Moved On After Columbine

On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School suffered a tragedy unlike anything most people had experienced at that time. What happened in that small Colorado town reverberated across the country and around the globe, making people everywhere stop and pay attention. Twenty years later, Columbine feels like the start of … Read More
Sidney Herald Exposes the Truth Through Open Records Requests
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Sidney Herald Exposes the Truth Through Open Records Requests

Challenging authority to ensure an informed and engaged citizenry is the bedrock of the journalistic profession. For Sidney Herald editor Amy Efta, that task came all too soon after taking her position at the local Montana newspaper … Read More
Why Designing for Impact Can Lead to New Jobs in Journalism & New Ways of Working
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Why Designing for Impact Can Lead to New Jobs in Journalism & New Ways of Working

Focusing on the impact journalism has doesn’t only affect the community, but the newsroom, as well. Guest blogger Anjanette Delgado discusses how a focus on impact can create new roles for journalists, and new ways of thinking about how we run our newsrooms … Read More
Designing for Impact: An Experiment and Two Discoveries
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Designing for Impact: An Experiment and Two Discoveries

While all journalism makes an impact, not all journalism is designed with impact in mind. Guest blogger Anjanette Delgado explored what would happen if journalists considered their impact during the process of researching and writing their stories, and how that can play out for the reporters and the community they … Read More
Support for Detroit Pitcher’s Charity Spikes After Local News Story
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Support for Detroit Pitcher’s Charity Spikes After Local News Story

When Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd and his wife Ashley started a charity, Kingdom House, to help young girls in Uganda avoid sex slavery, it was news. But the Detroit Free Press story about the Boyds’ efforts overseas did more than tell a story — it drove donations and support … Read More
Clear Creek Courant Preserves Community Memories of Local High School Stadium
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Clear Creek Courant Preserves Community Memories of Local High School Stadium

Golddigger stadium had been a landmark in Idaho Springs since 1958, also being recognized nationally on the high school football stage. When Michael Hicks, executive editor for Evergreen Newspapers and the local newspaper, the Clear Creek Courant, learned the stadium would be sold to help curb the school’s financial woes, … Read More

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