A rapidly expanding array of digital tools can enable small-budget newsrooms to punch above their weight by plugging into vast amounts of data and taking advantage of new ways to tell and distribute stories. Technology alone will not necessarily ensure long-term sustainability, however. Harnessing that technology in ways that allow for collaboration may give rural newsrooms a much better shot at long-term survival.
We decided we needed to take a different — and bolder — approach to this problem. We believe people who write and share ideas should be rewarded on their ability to enlighten and inform, not simply their ability to attract a few seconds of attention. We believe there are millions of thinking people who want to deepen their understanding of the world and are dissatisfied with what they get from traditional news and their social feeds. We believe that a better system — one that serves people — is possible. In fact, it’s imperative.