WHY WE INVESTED
Democracy Fund is pleased to support Chalkbeat’s efforts at building stronger local news and information ecosystems across the country. Chalkbeat’s national-local hub model is one that embodies the core values behind Democracy Fund’s ecosystem news investments: they are locally-led, collaborative, engaged with communities, and innovative in their approaches to inform communities. They also use their model to provide shared services across geographies, while still respecting local leaders, knowledge, and expertise along with their national efforts.
Chalkbeat seeks to make local regions’ news ecosystems more collaborative and engaged with their communities. To date, Chalkbeat bureaus are in seven locations: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee.