Why invest in strengthening journalism?

Microsoft launched our journalism initiative to help address the accelerating crisis facing journalism by looking at ways to provide journalists and newsrooms new tools, technology, and capacity to expand reach and efficiency for local news outlets.

Our approach

We believe that healthy democracies require healthy journalism. Technology has played a role in the disruption of news, but it can also be an important part of the rebuilding effort.

Where and how we work

When choosing where to start, we looked at areas that faced challenges in their local news ecosystems, the diversity of each community, the strong support of local news, and referrals by third parties working on the future of news. Partnering from the beginning with the local community foundation in each area was critical to building the program and attracting the right set of initial partners.

Green Bay & Appleton, WI Jackson, MS El Paso, TX & Juarez, MX Fresno, CA Yakima, WA

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If you would like to learn more about the Microsoft journalism initiative or any of the corresponding programs, including the local news pilot program for community foundations, newsrooms and higher educational institutions, please contact us using this form.

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