When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

As traditional local media outlets shrink or disappear, non-profit digital news outlets are popping up to fill the void. The New Bedford Light is one example, formed by journalism veterans and following the playbook of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the outlet provides in-depth investigative journalism. From holding government officials accountable to profiling the local human impact of COVID, the content provides deep dives into issues that matter to the local community. Content is free to readers and instead of advertising, it relies on donations, grants, and sponsorships from local businesses.

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