Autumn Phillips

Better News: Post and Courier philanthropic effort nets $1 million

Like many newspapers, The Post and Courier  was experiencing a drop-off in local advertising spending, which meant diminishing revenues. However, the Charleston, South Carolina, daily decided to adjust course and focus on philanthropy as a way to pay for its journalism.

The new fundraising model proved so successful that The Post and Courier was able to raise $1 million to support a statewide investigative fund and education lab.

Executive Editor Autumn Phillips recently wrote a report for API’s Better News initiative about The Post and Courier’s stellar fundaising effort. She shares the details with host Michael O’Connell on the latest episode of the Better News podcast.

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund and b) share replicable strategies and tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies, and insights. For more news about the It’s All Journalism podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

Allison Taylor-Levine

625. Community collaboration key to evolving local journalism

Allison Taylor Levine, CEO of Local Journalism Initiative, discusses how LJI’s Delaware Journalism Collaborative, which has brought more than 25 partners throughout the state together to report on polarization and possible solutions, strengthens local journalism in Delaware and our democracy.

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310. Teaching journalists to trust each other

Sara Catania of GroundSource and the JTrust newsletter joins producer Michael O’Connell to explore the widespread resistance among news people to collaborate even as they struggle with questions of trust in their work, an ironic struggle as “fake news” threatens democracy.

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