The New York Times built a database of local newsrooms to support. Here are the newsrooms that are missing from it.

Local public radio, local college media and more

May 5, 2020

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Last week, The New York Times shared a new campaign and database to help people find and support local news. They built that database with information from “Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN), the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), the News Media Alliance (NMA) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA),” according to the Times.

Here’s what’s missing: The list excluded small, locally owned places that aren’t members of any of those organizations, members of the National Newspaper Association, local public radio and TV stations and college newspapers, which, in some places, are filling the gaps left by shrinking local newspapers.

So, to build on the Times’ work, here are five more ways to find local newsrooms to support:

  • Search your state press associations. In most cases, just Google the state name and “press association.” Some have membership lists that are searchable.
  • Search the National Newspaper Association’s membership list.
  • Find your local public radio station here. (They’ve been growing!)
  • Find your local public television stations here.
  • Search your local colleges and universities for their school-supported and independent newsrooms.

The Times’ list is a great start, but what’s left out is a reminder that there are lots of kinds of local journalism, and healthy communities need as many newsrooms as they can get.

Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for Poynter.org and writes a weekly newsletter on the transformation of local news. You can subscribe here. Kristen can be reached at khare@poynter.org or on Twitter at @kristenhare.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include local public TV stations.