Local News in America Is Dying. Charity Might Save It

Some 200 nonprofit websites are hustling to keep state and city governments honest. Many are succeeding.

A distribution box for the Village Voice in Manhattan’s East Village in 2017. Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

By Gerry Smith

The City, a website covering local news in America’s biggest metropolis, debuted this month with a bank account some of its nonprofit peers could only dream of.

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