News Match designed to assist nonprofit media
Three foundations that fund a grassroots campaign for nonprofit news organizations have selected Highlands Current Inc., the publisher of The Highlands Current, to be among the more than 100 media firms to receive matching funds through Dec. 31.
The $3 million collaboration between the Democracy Fund, the Knight Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation will match all donations of up to $1,000 to Highlands Current Inc., up to a total of $28,000. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
“News Match comes at a time when journalists are facing a perfect storm of economic challenges and political attacks,” said Josh Stearns of Democracy Fund. “A robust, independent press is essential to fostering an informed and engaged public and vital for a healthy democracy.”
“People are increasingly looking to nonprofit news to fill their information needs,” said Sue Cross, executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, of which Highlands Current Inc. is a member. “We need to build an infrastructure that supports organizations that deliver fact-based, nonpartisan, accountable journalism.”
Added Christine Bockelmann, chair of the board of Highlands Current Inc.: “Our readers recognize their stake in government decisions, in the environment and culture of their communities and in national issues with significant local impact. It is our goal to cover all with energy, insight and objectivity. The matching funds in this program will serve that mission.”