NancyOnNorwalk joins Institute for Nonprofit News, NewsMatch 2018

NancyOnNorwalk is now a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), an incubator and support network for non-profit newsrooms.  INN’s resources will support our board members as we work to sustain and grow NancyOnNorwalk’s watchdog journalism.

As an INN member, NoN will receive free or low-cost advice on technology, fundraising, planning, and legal matters.  

Membership was approved less than six weeks ago, and in the time since, INN’s professional team has already provided crucial support to NoN. 

Sue Cross, INN Executive Director and CEO, introduced us to news professionals whose input has been invaluable.  Pete Young, a former editor for the New York Times and Bloomberg, is now providing NoN with strategic advice informed by his years of work at the highest levels of journalism.  Fran Scarlett, INN’s director of programs and services, has provided helpful input regarding business planning and fundraising.  Scarlett is a publishing veteran who specializes in helping news organizations improve revenue and sustainability.  Cross, Young, and Scarlett have responded to our many questions with expert advice, and we are deeply grateful for their support.

NoN’s INN membership allows participation in NewsMatch 2018, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support non-profit news organizations. The national call-to-action will launch on Nov. 1, 2018, and more than 150 non-profit newsrooms across the country will participate.  Participating organizations will be eligible to receive matching funds for individual donations up to $1,000.  

In 2017 NewsMatch helped to raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders.  This year the number of non-profit news organizations participating has jumped by more than 40 percent.

“There is an incredible amount of excitement building around NewsMatch 2018 from news organizations across the country,” Cross said in a press release announcing the campaign. “We are encouraged to see such strong growth in community support of news because NewsMatch makes it easy for communities and individuals to find and fund their local sources of trusted news.”

NewsMatch’s national call to action rallies those who believe in freedom of the press and helps empower journalists to do their jobs by telling stories that spark change and hold leaders accountable.  The campaign is driven by a partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub, Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Miami Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for the fund. The Facebook Journalism Project also made a $1 million donation to NewsMatch in 2018. Donors and foundations can join NewsMatch 2018 or support individual newsrooms by contacting The Miami Foundation’s Lindsey Linzer ([email protected]).

Knight Foundation launched the inaugural NewsMatch in 2016, helping 57 non-profit news organizations raise more than $2.4 million. In 2017, the campaign expanded to include a coalition of funders, raising $4.8 million for nonprofit news organizations, and equipping them with professional fundraising, tools and technology and cultivated over 43,000 new donors.

Donors can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues they care about at newsmatch.org. Organizations selected for NewsMatch 2018 include:


In the Northeast:

Adirondack Explorer; Baltimore Brew; CivicStory; Connecticut Health Investigative Team; City Limits; Delaware Currents; ecoRI News; Hidden City Philadelphia; Highlands Current; Hummel Report; Investigative Post; Lower Cape Community Access Television, Inc.; Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; Maryland Matters; MarylandReporter.com; NancyOnNorwalk.com; New England Center for Investigative Reporting; New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism; New Haven Independent; NJ Spotlight; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; PublicSource; The CT Mirror; The GroundTruth Project; VTDigger.org; and WHYY.


In the Midwest:

Belt Media Collaborative; Better Government Association; Block Club Chicago; Bridge Magazine; City Bureau; Flint Beat; East Lansing Info; Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism; KCUR-FM; Madison365; Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service; MinnPost; Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism; South Dakota News Watch; St. Louis Public Radio; The Chicago Reporter; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Wausau Pilot and Review;  WDET; WFYI Public Media; and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.


In the South:

Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism; Arkansas Nonprofit News Network; Austin Monitor; Borderzine; Breckenridge Texan; Carolina Public Press; Center for Sustainable Journalism; Centro de Periodismo Investigativo; Charlottesville Tomorrow; Daily Yonder; Florida Bulldog; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Frontier Media Group; Georgia Health News; Insider Media Group, Inc.; Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; KYForward.com; LkldNow.com; Mississippi Today; North Carolina Health News; Northern Kentucky Tribune; Oklahoma Watch; Scalawag Magazine; Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation; Texas Observer; The Austin Bulldog; The Lens; and The Texas Tribune.


In the West:

Alhambra Source; Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting; Aspen Journalism; Bay Nature Institute; BenitoLink.com; California Health Report; CALmatters; Crosscut; EdSource; High Country News; Honolulu Civil Beat; inewsource; InvestigateWest; KPBS; Mission Local; Montana Free Press; Mountain Independent; New Mexico In Depth; NowCastSA; Rivard Report; Rocky Mountain Public Media; Searchlight New Mexico; San Francisco Public Press; The Colorado Independent; The Nevada Independent; The Seattle Globalist;  TucsonSentinel.com; Voice of OC; Voice of San Diego; Voices of Monterey Bay; WitnessLA; and WyoFile.


National/Global Publications:

100 Reporters; Anthropocene Magazine; Center for Responsive Politics; Chalkbeat; Civil Eats; Current; Energy News Network; Ensia; FairWarning; Food and Environment Reporting Network; Fostering Media Connections; Futuro Media Group; Grist; Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance; In These Times; Injustice Watch; InsideClimate News; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Investigative Reporting Workshop; Mother Jones; MuckRock; National Parks Traveler; Next City; Orb Media; PassBlue; PBS NewsHour; PolitiFact; ProPublica; Public Radio International (PRI) / Public Radio Exchange (PRX); Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Religion News Foundation; Retro Report; Society for Science and the Public/Science News; Solitary Watch; The Center for Investigative Reporting; Tarbell; The Center for Public Integrity; The Conversation US; The Hechinger Report; The Intercept; The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; The Marshall Project; The New Food Economy; The Trace; The War Horse; Threshold; Washington Monthly; and Youth Radio.

These nonprofit news organizations are all members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News.  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Visit newsmatch.org for more information.


Steve Mann September 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Great news for NON, and great work Bob! The site will greatly benefit from information, reference and direction provided by INN. NON, in effect,has matriculated to a higher level with this association, while maintaining it’s finger on the hyperlocal pulse in Norwalk.

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