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What stories are missing from your community?

What stories should be told?


Do the stories being told about your community accurately portray you and your neighbors? Do they tell you what you most need to know? Is the news giving you information that makes your life better? If not, why?

Local journalism is important.

  • It shapes our lives

    Our communities rely on local journalists to tell our most important community stories — stories affecting our homes, education, health and jobs.
  • It holds leaders accountable

    Local journalism helps us hold our leaders accountable so they apply resources where we need them most. We need reporters keeping an eye on those in power.
  • It connects our communities

    When journalists are connected with our communities, we become more connected to each other. This helps us work together to address local problems like gentrification, struggling schools and racial injustice.
  • It creates positive change

    For our communities to thrive, we need to work closely with journalists to report our most important stories and use those stories to create positive change. This means working together.
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How do we create local journalism that meets our needs?


The future of journalism and the future of our communities are intertwined. At Free Press, we started the News Voices campaign to bring newsrooms and communities together in a two-way conversation about:

Increasing community engagement with local journalism

When our communities are missing from discussions about journalism, we aren’t involved in shaping the future. The more engaged we are, the better local journalism reflects us and serves our needs. Working together, we can build the trust, support and sources journalists need to do their jobs. Through News Voices, we organize events to connect newsrooms and communities and help them build stronger networks and collaborative projects.

Learn about our work

Finding new ways to support journalism and serve civic needs

We must find new ways to create and support local journalism, amplifying the diverse voices that represent our communities. The only way to accomplish that — and to ensure we can invest in both technology and people doing the work — is with more resources. At News Voices, we’re taking bold action to transform local journalism — and change how we fund it, too.

What's the big idea? Find out

Make local journalism better.

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What communities are trying this approach?


News Voices: New Jersey launched in 2015, and we’re working in communities across the state — focusing on connecting people with their local newsrooms.

In New Jersey? Find out about our next event

Did you know?

There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New Jersey that could give hundreds of millions of dollars back to the public in support of local journalism and community information needs. The state is about to sell off valuable public TV licenses worth billions of dollars — and you can have a say in how that money is used. But you must speak up now.

Learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved

News Voices: North Carolina launched in April 2017, and we’re working across the state to make stronger connections between communities and the newsrooms that serve them.

Learn more about how News Voices is taking shape in North Carolina.

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It's great to see such wonderful collaboration between community and news media. I believe this opens up a bridge of understanding and compassion when stories are created in good intention.

Mychal Mills

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Asbury Park, NJ

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There are so many stories, not just casinos. I got into this business to tell stories about people and give voice to people who otherwise would not be heard.

Donna Weaver

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Atlantic City, NJ

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Responsible journalism is more than just reporting the facts, it is about telling a story. We need to find out what is taking place in our community and most importantly learn about the people that live here.

Kadie Dempsey

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Morristown, NJ

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What do you think?


If your state or town were given millions of dollars to better inform your community, how would you use the money? What kind of media would you create? What tools would you build? What stories would you tell?

Help us reimagine the future of local news.

Use #NewsVoices to share your thoughts.

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  • Proposal for the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium

    Free Press Action Fund is calling on the New Jersey legislature and governor to invest a portion of the state's FCC-auction windfall in the consortium. This organization would support projects that benefit the state’s civic life and meet the evolving information needs of New Jersey’s underserved communities.

    March 15, 2017
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News from Around the Web

  • Bill Aims to Fund Better Local News Coverage

    Asbury Park Sun
    June 13, 2017

    At a recent event held in Asbury Park, local residents and members of the local media came together with Free Press Action Fund to brainstorm how proceeds from the $332-million sale of old public-media licenses should be used to better inform communities.

  • Local Journalism in New Jersey Could Be in for $100-Million Windfall

    NJ Spotlight
    June 5, 2017

    New Jersey is getting ready to receive a one-time infusion of $332 million in revenue thanks to a nationwide auction of broadcast airwaves that was held earlier this year. With a new state fiscal year about to begin in a matter of weeks, two Democratic legislative leaders are now pushing to earmark at least some of that money to bolster local journalism in New Jersey.

  • How to Strengthen Local Journalism? New Brunswick Offers Ideas

    TAP into New Brunswick
    June 2, 2017

    Roughly two dozen journalists, academics, librarians, public-relations professionals and activists attended the Free Press Action Fund gathering, where they broke into two groups and brainstormed how to improve local news in the Garden State.

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  • Defending All Acts of Journalism

    U.S. journalism is in a fragile state. Strengthening the connections between newsrooms and communities is one way forward.
  • Low Power FM Radio

    Low Power FM radio stations are community-based nonprofit outlets that broadcast to neighborhoods and small towns throughout the country.

    LPFM stations have a limited broadcast range of just a few miles, but their impact on communities can be immense. These noncommercial stations inject vibrancy into a radio dial that has suffered from years of media consolidation.

    LPFM stations offer a platform for content and viewpoints that traditional media overlook. These stations foster community identity and serve as hubs for vital safety information during emergencies.

  • Attacks on Public Media

    Every year, for almost a decade, Americans have ranked public television as the institution they trust most. And more than 70 percent of Americans see funding for public television as money “well spent.” Exactly how much do Americans spend to support this resource? Pocket change: The United States spends less than$1.50 per person on public broadcasting — 20 times less than Germany and a whopping 70 times less than Denmark.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good