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Saving Local News: The New York Times profiles Elizabeth Green and The American Journalism Project

1,400 communities across the U.S. have lost a local newspaper in the last 15 years—a statistic that reveals the severity of the crisis independent press now faces. Inspired, Lavin speaker and journalist Elizabeth Green co-founded The American Journalism Project to support the nonprofit, local publications our democracy deserves. 

The American Journalism Project announced its first set of grants for non-profit publications around the country. The 11 initial winners included trusted, recognizable names like WyoFile, VTDigger, and The Connecticut Mirror—but it’s just the beginning. Elizabeth Green and her partner John Thorton, a technology investor, have lofty ambitions for the philanthropic group they founded. “They think the country needs to raise about $500 million a year in national philanthropy for local news, which could then be matched by another $500 million in membership fees, advertising, and other local revenue,” writes David Leonhardt in The New York Times. “The combined $1 billion would allow local publications to approach the size of public radio.”

“What is most needed is investment in organizations’ capacity to sustain themselves, and to grow,” says Green, who is also the co-founder of Chalkbeat, a non-profit committed to reporting on  education issues in American communities. To recieve support from The American Journalism project, a publication will first have to demonstrate its value to readers,  followed by a proven ability to raise money through donations and memberships.


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This Could Be Our Future: Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler’s New Book Out Tomorrow

Western society is trapped by the belief that maximizing wealth and self-interest is the right thing to do, says Yancey Strickler. In his new book This Could Be Our Future—out tomorrow—the crowdfunding mastermind explores how we can liberate ourselves by expanding our understanding of value

Our value system is broken, operating on the assumption that financial gain is the only true good. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In his new book This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, Yancey Strickler offers a blueprint for transforming our profit-hungry world by assigning “rational value” to non-monetary aspects of modern life, such as community, purpose, and sustainability. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink calls it the “the conversation starter our world needs,” while renowned psychologist Adam Grant hails Strickler’s vision as “audacious and elevating.” At a time where wealth inequality has skyrocketed to unimaginable heights, Strickler offers a lucid and ambitious plan to forge a more equitable society.


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