by: Jonathan Peters | CJR
“No local newsroom is sustainable if they can’t afford to hire a lawyer.”
That’s what one journalist recently told Josh Stearns, who directs the journalism sustainability project at the Dodge Foundation in New Jersey, during a discussion of community-driven reporting.
But the Dodge Foundation, with support from the Knight Foundation, is breathing new life into the idea. For the past year, it has worked with local journalists to understand the infrastructure that community media need—web support, marketing, insurance, and, yes, legal help.