US newspapers receive $2 million donation

US newspapers receive $2 million donation

Seven news agencies getting support from a philanthropic organization

Seven Georgia-based news outlets in the United States, all led by people of color and targeting black, Hispanic, or Asian-American populations, are receiving $2 million from the United States. pivot fund – led by a new philanthropic organization Tracy Powell. The project invests in media vehicles neglected by traditional growth sectors.

“We spent 6 months across the state figuring out what properties were there, how people consumed the information, where did they get it from, what did they do with it after getting it.Powell, who previously headed the Racial Equity at Journalism Fund and is chairman of the board Lion Publisher (and that long ago Journalism thinks about low-income communities,

“It’s a little different than other fundraisers. They find people they know or do an open call. I think a better approach is to ask communities how and where they get the information.

Here are 7 companions, Who will receive the combination of Direct Grants and Consultancy Assistance:

  • BEE TV Network CEO April Ross begins reporting and broadcasting news on Facebook and owns a cable TV channel that can be accessed by 600,000 viewers. In the city of Lagrange, the vehicle is cited by black and white residents as a source of information, integrating the city around a common set of facts;
  • dice la voz savannahi — On a Facebook page with nearly 15,000 followers, founder Elizabeth Glarza covers everything from crime to community events and insightful information, aimed at helping Spanish-speaking immigrants and their children navigate past misinformation and in American society To be successful is to help.
  • notification A bridge between Georgia’s growing Hispanic population and local businesses, organizations and government. CEO Monica Pirella – a journalist in Venezuela – and Jay Cruz, an editor and cameraman, post primarily on Facebook and Instagram and then distribute in Spanish-language radio, with radio stations in Atlanta, Augusta and South Georgia. share news information with.
  • Davis Broadcasting And Courier Eco Latino, Georgia’s largest Black-owned radio network, 36, serves a predominantly African-American and Hispanic population with music, culture, community news, and sports, with stations in Columbus and Atlanta. Courier Echo Latino Started in 2005 as a bilingual newspaper to serve the African American and Latino communities in Columbus, Courier Echo Latino has become an online one-person operation during the pandemic. However, president and editor Wayne Hales made the most of it, launching a streaming channel called CEL TV on YouTube and collaborating with Davis Broadcasting on political forums and events. This news collaboration will be expanded as part of the donation.
  • Georgia Asian Times And yesterday’s pictures, The digital publisher and award-winning video production company will collaborate to report and produce a documentary about the Burmese immigrant community who, like many others, initially settled in the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston, but now lives in chicken processing and warehouses. working in. Georgia.
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The Pivot Fund plans to invest a total of $6 million in Georgia over the next 3 years, but its broader goal is to raise and invest $500 million nationwide in independent news organizations led by people of color.

These organizations are in communities that “many would characterize as” news desert,” said Powell.There must have been a weekly newspaper in these communities. There may be a daily newspaper that used to be able to serve them, but has contracted so much that it may no longer. Or, even when the daily newspaper was flourishing, it did not include these communities. But what’s different now is that these organizations not only cover communities – their news and information are filling the information gap. They are taking up the whole information system.,

Often these organizations depend on Facebook. ,they are starting” said Powell.They don’t have the resources, like many news organizations we are used to talking about. They have to use what is available. Social media is easily accessible, in most cases free. This is why Facebook plays a big role,

Media outlets are somewhat shielded from Facebook’s algorithmic changes, Powell said.Because your audience is actively looking for them. It is difficult for Facebook to separate this connection from the community because [os leitores] Actively go and watch, you know, BEE TV or Notification. It wasn’t as negative as it could have been.Still, Pivot Fund plans to work with beneficiaries relying on Facebook to ensure their content is available on their own platforms, such as newsletters.

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“You can call these rural parts of the state news deserts. But there are oasis in these deserts”Powell said. “And these are the organizations we’re funding.”


This text was translated by journalism trainee Luisa Guimaraes. read original text here English,


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