American Journalism Project announces transformative grants to four nonprofit news organizations

January 11, 2022 in E&P (Editor & Publisher Magazine)

The American Journalism Project announced four new grants to give local news organizations capital needed to grow.  One of the recipients is Spotlight PA which focuses on statewide accountability reporting on government—which relies in part on good access to public records.

Spotlight PA Grant:  “Led by Christopher Baxter, a nationally award-winning investigative reporter and editor who serves as executive director and founding editor-in-chief, Spotlight PA is Pennsylvania’s predominant source of statewide accountability reporting for one of the largest and most opaque state governments in the country. With an initial focus on in-depth capital reporting and urgent statewide issues, Spotlight PA is now looking to become a premier source of news in Pennsylvania with bureaus and partnerships focusing on local coverage in communities throughout the state. Spotlight PA plans to tackle the challenge of a deeply fragmented and severely diminished media ecosystem by growing its statewide operation as a hub, which can then support expanded local news reporting, better connect communities to one another, and elevate issues of local importance to a statewide audience and to policymakers in Harrisburg.”

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