About News Voices

What would happen if you had the chance to reinvent local reporting?

That's what the News Voices campaign is all about. We think that newsrooms produce better journalism when reporters listen to the concerns of everyday people and incorporate these perspectives in their work.

We partner with newsrooms to ensure that coverage responds to local needs and better represents the community. We work to elevate the voices of local residents, especially those of people of color and other communities that the media have too often harmed or failed to cover. And we advocate for sustainable funding for public-interest journalism and community-information projects.

People don't always feel like the media works for them — and for good reason. The media have a history of reinforcing negative stereotypes and using sensational coverage to drive up ratings. But at its best, journalism holds powerful people accountable, brings important issues to light and provides a voice for the community.

Together we can build strong connections between residents and reporters and ensure that local journalism serves community needs. Together we can advocate for funding that promotes and supports this kind of reporting and innovative, community-driven projects.

Our communities need better local news. Together we can make it happen: Sign up here.

News Voices is a project of Free Press, a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan organization that fights for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press is working to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy. We fight to save the free and open internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media.

We engage in political advocacy through our companion 501(c)(4) organization, the Free Press Action Fund, lobbying Congress and state legislatures to serve the public interest.

Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund don’t take a cent from business, government or political parties. We rely solely on the generosity of individual donors and charitable foundations to fuel our work.

Help bring News Voices to more communities around the country: Donate here. Thank you!

The News Voices project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Democracy Fund, Democracy Fund Voice, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Community Foundation of New Jersey and many others that provide general support for our work, including thousands of committed individuals like you.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good