September 2023—
12:30 pm—1:30 pm

Virtual meeting

This is a funder-only gathering.

Across the country, community-based philanthropic organizations are tapping into the promise of local news, recognizing it as an important civic institution that needs strategic, focused support. In February, the American Journalism Project announced the Indiana Local News Initiative—a new, statewide news initiative funded by $10 million from a coalition of Indiana organizations and philanthropies. The initiative already has buy-in from Indiana-based news outlets, and will help launch two new news operations, including a Gary-based newsroom led by Capital B.

In this conversation, Sarabeth Berman, CEO, American Journalism Project, will moderate a discussion with Michael Ouimette, Chief Investment Officer at the American Journalism Project, Kevin Corcoran, Strategy Director at the Lumina Foundation and Lauren Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of Capital B. Together, they’ll discuss the initiative, the motivation for local funders like Lumina to participate in this work, and ideas for catalyzing local philanthropy in support of local news.


This member briefing is organized in partnership with the American Journalism Project and the Lumina Foundation. All members and supporters of Media Impact Funders have the opportunity to initiate and produce issue-related programming for their peers. Learn more about member briefings.

American Journalism Project is building a future for local news by making grants to nonprofit news organizations, partnering with communities to launch new organizations, and coaching leaders as they grow and sustain their newsrooms.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision higher learning that is easy to navigate, addresses racial injustice, and meets the nation’s talent needs through a broad range of credentials. We are working toward a system that prepares people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.