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NancyOnNorwalk receives Knight Foundation grant

Screenshot of the Knight Foundation website.

The Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that NancyOnNorwalk is one of 25 newsrooms nationwide selected by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for a Sustainable Publishing Solutions (SPS) grant.

The aim of the SPS funding initiative is to strengthen digital publishing solutions in newsrooms; we will use the funds to update our website and related publishing solutions, to improve the overall online experience for our readers.

We’re incredibly honored to have received this grant. It will go a long way in solidifying the future for NancyOnNorwalk and keeping up with the news needs in our ever-evolving community. Identifying the voice of our organization and serving a widening readership base into the years ahead is fundamental to this grant, and we intend on making the most of it.

This year’s SPS grantees include Advocate Media of Dallas, Baltimore Beat, BenitoLink.com, Berkeleyside, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico, City Limits in New York, Enlace Latino NC, High Country News, India Currents, Investigate Midwest, LkldNow, NancyOnNorwalk, Nuestro Estado in South Carolina, Patagonia Regional Times, Planet Detroit, PublicSource, Searchlight New Mexico, Shift Press, The Current GA, Haitian Times, The Maine Monitor, New Orleans Tribune, San Francisco Public Press, The Tributary, and VTDigger.

The selection of newsrooms was managed by News Revenue Hub, a nonprofit organization that has worked with more than 70 publishers on building membership revenue, growing audiences and developing sustainable business practices. In addition to receiving funding, selected newsrooms will access training sessions, led by the Hub, on utilizing and leveraging business and audience development tools and strategies.

Of the 25 selected newsrooms, 88% are nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations; 36% are led by or serve communities of color; and 56% are committed to delivering local journalism.

More details about the initiative are available here.

8 comments

Piberman July 25, 2022 at 8:02 pm

Talk about good news ! Lets do a show of appreciation with some summer donations.
Norwalk has only one newspaper worthy of the name and needs our support. Hoorah !

Piberman July 27, 2022 at 1:22 pm

It’s hard to over estimate the importance of newspapers. During CT’s golden post WWII years CT had a good half dozen well regarded newspapers with the Hartford Courant leading the way. Each of these newspapers were filled with columns from readers – letters, opinion pieces, etc. w/o much from the national sources. Some like the Courant and New Haven Register paid $50 per accepted article. Good monies in those days.

Norwalk was especially well served by John Riley – long time Editor of the Hour. His office on Main Avenue was always filled with local residents. Phones rang continuously. Riley didn’t need many reporters. The news was phoned in by citizens. Part of his success was never allowing nasty stuff submitted by readers to see the light of day.
He was the most popular fellow in Norwalk. With dozens of awards behind his desk to let everyone know he was the “real deal”.

Now we’re in new age where CT has no widely read old fashioned newspapers of merit.
We’re fortunate in Norwalk to have Nancy’s. Otherwise we’d be in the dark. Figuratively.
CT and Norwalk have certainly lost their previous “luster”. But better times require supporting and maintaining a real “newspaper”. One read by its citizens who care enough to give comments from time to time to keep the process of democratic governance moving on.

Bill Collins life reminds us that our elected leaders can sometimes make a real difference that will inspire future generations. He was a likable man who didn’t gather enemies. Just friends. Even his opponents held him in high regard. In politics that’s as good as it ever gets.

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