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.

10 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. (

  2. Tremendous things here. I’m very glad to see your article.
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  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.

  4. Jim Fikoloma says:

    Do you support hard copy community newspapers?

  5. Susie Peters says:

    I am also wondering if you have any info. for a Canadian hard copy newspaper
    We are looking for info. on grants and operating a small rural local newspaper in print

  6. Hi I am Kabeli Lichaba here in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. The group, Kabeli Media, has puiblishd two community newspapers in the past until owners ran out of funds/will to continue with the paper.

    We are looing for funding to publish community newspapers in this part of Gauteng. There is only one paper in our area and it only prints 5 000 copies for the whole of Eastern Gauteng. There is a need for a paper here; even the municipality and the churches or business organisations cannot spread messages around unless of course on social media, a luxury for some, more especially white folks.
    I can give more information when given the platform to do so. Please help us

  7. Hi, I am Arisja Misselhorn, editor and co-owner of The Bulletin, a local newspaper in Secunda, Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.
    The paper was started in September 2014 by myself (with more than 20 years as journalist for local and national publications) and Elmarie van Huyssteen. We saw the need for more positive news in our area, although we do not overlook the bad. Thus far we were able to print and deliver 21 000 copies every week. We have a good website and active Facebook page. We also have a vision to change our focus towards providing a newspaper for residents of eMbalenhle.
    Unfortunately our community has suffered harsh economical issues such as Project Phoenix at the Sasol 2 and 3 plants that resulted in many residents being retrenched.

    Businesses are suffering because of this and hence, the first budget cuts are to advertising, the livelihood of a community newspaper. We are now at the point of having to close our doors if we do not get funding or an investor asap. Please help us.

  8. Dean says:

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  9. Free The People AK is based out of Fairbanks Alaska and is hyper local with fortnightly printing, website, and other platforms, Dailymotion, Youtube, etc… we serve our local community but with the crashing economy are hurting in a time when we have VERY FEW news that really affect our community, but NONE like ours.

  10. Frances Patricia Abrahams says:

    Our church in Nababeep in the Northern Cape is in the process of starting our own newspaper.
    I have been a journalist since 1989. Just want to know how you can assist us and provide support at the same time.

    Kind regards

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