The Community Newspaper Project exists to provide local communities with the tools and technical support to build and sustain hyperlocal web-based newspapers with the primary goal of educating residents on important local and regional news, culture and the arts in the areas these enewspapers serve.

The Community Newspaper Project is to help create and maintain a network of independent community newspapers empowered to be an important informational and educational portal for the needs of those communities.

Why. The decline of rural and regional traditional newspapers is a troubling and permanent trend in American society today. Many small communities throughout the country have lost their legacy newspapers, while other towns have seen their local newspaper significantly reduce overall news coverage, particularly in the areas of art and regional culture.

The Community Newspaper Project provides the tools and training to allow these communities to maintain a professional source for local news, art and culture, or provide an important alternative local news source.

How. The Community Newspaper Project has created a unique template for web-based newspapers through the creation of the Chestertown Spy in 2009. That original model has been expanded with the establishment of other test sites in Maryland (Talbot Spy and Queen Anne’s Spy) and Idaho (Ketchum Keystone), and can now be quickly replicated in other communities seeking to improve local news and educational sources.

While the template itself is a powerful tool, the Community Newspaper Project also provides these local enewspapers with the training, mentoring, technical and financial support to allow them to operate a professional and economically sustainable service to the community.

The Community Newspaper Project will secure funding through sponsorship, grants, and through its newspaper network.

3 Responses so far.

  1. I have initiated a newspaper project which is a year old now and am operating i a community in Zimbabwe (Southern Africa). I have more than 20 years journalism experience and foresee great potential in the project. Kindly advise how I can be assisted to access technical, financial/other assistance to make it more viable. (www.thecourier.co.zw)

  2. Tremendous things here. I’m very glad to see your article.
    Thanks so much and I am looking forward to touch you. Will you
    kindly drop me a mail?

  3. Nay-Kel Center Baptist Church is interested in funding of its monthly tabloid size newspaper, CAROLINA CALL. The CALL has been in existence for 25-years through the efforts of its now deceased publisher, Rev. Evelyn Harrison Jervay, and her husband Paul R. Jervay, Jr. Paul carries the publications on through the efforts of daughters Adria Jervay and Sharon Alston, Director of Nay-Kel Center Baptist Church Ministries.

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