You know NancyOnNorwalk as a scrappy, nonprofit news site dedicated to daily watchdog coverage of city government. You depend on us to report on political campaigns and elections, council meetings and board debates.
But we can’t do all this alone. Please take a moment, now, to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our work in the year ahead.
Now is the time to act: Through the final days of 2019, the first $1,000 of every donation by our readers will be matched dollar-for-dollar by grants from the independent NewsMatch program, which supports nonprofit community news organizations.
NancyOnNorwalk is a treasured journalistic resource, winning the top prize awarded by the CT Society of Professional Journalists this year.
But it is also a scarce resource that can’t be taken for granted in today’s publishing environment. Traditional publishing models continue to falter and publications die and consolidate:
- A quarter of all US newspapers have closed in the past 15 years, and more than half of all newsrooms serving readers have been cut.
- More than 1,300 communities in the U.S. are considered “news deserts.”* The toll has been particularly heavy in towns and small cities. Government meetings and business decisions go unmonitored, citizens have little to no information about city hall matters, proposed tax increases, zoning and school issues, or candidates for office.
- US news media continues to consolidate into fewer hands, staffed by fewer independent journalists. After this week’s newspaper merger of Gannett and Gatehouse Media, 260 US dailies with a combined circulation of 8 million are now controlled by a single company. Only 1 in 10 employees work in newsrooms serving readers.
At NancyOnNorwalk, we believe that a free press—especially independent journalism focused on local government—is critically important.
Don’t let Norwalk become a news desert. Help us keep local news flowing. Please donate today.
If you prefer to donate by check, send it to Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc., PO Box 525, Norwalk CT 06852.
Jonathan Gage is Vice President of the volunteer board supporting NancyOnNorwalk and has worked as a journalist and publisher. He has written and edited for publications including the International Herald Tribune (now The International New York Times), The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times. He was publisher and CEO of Institutional Investor magazine and publisher of strategy+business magazine. He is a trustee, and former vice chairman, of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
1 Source: The Expanding News Desert, UNC School of Media and Journalism, 2018