Community Listening

The American Journalism Project is the first-ever venture philanthropy dedicated to nonprofit local news. Through our Local Philanthropy Partnerships program, we work with civic leaders, place-based funders and community foundations to identify and address information gaps in their communities.

Solving information gaps

Our community listening program is designed to reach a range of communities, especially those that are historically underrepresented in the news media. We hire and train local community ambassadors and conduct interviews, digital and SMS surveys, and focus groups, in multiple languages if necessary, to create multiple pathways for the broadest group of people to participate.