Initiatives for strengthening local news systems to be discussed at June conference

Experiments in the United States show that there are ways to foster healthier local news systems through innovative financial models, community engagement and collaboration between newsrooms, says a leading authority on local news “fixes.” Josh Stearns, associate director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program, said he saw first-hand the positive impact these types of initiatives can have while working with six local news organizations in New Jersey.