The program is funded by a portion of Facebook’s $ 5 million investment in publishers that serve historically marginalized communities.
Participants were selected by Facebook staff, International Center for Journalists staff, and trainers from the more than 200 applications submitted in the U.S. based on their proven impact on their community, commitment to the needs of the program, and willingness to meet their greatest Seize business opportunities.
The Facebook Journalism Project provided more details about the participants:
- Half of the group is made up of black, black-run publishers, from some of the oldest black newspapers in the country to digitally indigenous organizations.
- 80% of the participants focus on local news.
- Two thirds come from the Midwest or South, which historically have invested less than their counterparts on the coast.
- A little more than half are non-profit organizations.
The program runs from mid-October to early 2020, followed by a six-month period for the executive branch on specific grant-funded initiatives.
The Sustainability Accelerator program is led by:
And the participants with descriptions courtesy of the Facebook Journalism Project are:
- Black Voice News, a nearly 50 year old newspaper based in Riverside, California, has made great strides in digital transformation and belongs to the second generation of the founding family.
- The Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, a surveillance group of experienced investigative reporters based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the only company of its kind in the Caribbean. The organization recently received support from the American Journalism Project to help it grow.
- Community Voice of Wichita is the only black newspaper in Kansas that has grown from the Wichita community to a statewide entity in the past 20 years.
- El Mundo Boston, a nearly 50 year old news organization making the transition to a digital news business for the Latinx community in the greater Boston area.
- Flint Beat, a digital publisher based in Flint, Michigan, excels at tenacity, solution journalism, and collaboration with the publisher’s readership.
- Hola Carolina, the only major Spanish-language news agency for the West North Carolina region, has been an in-depth coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the area and has played a key role in organizing the distribution of personal protective equipment to the community.
- Indian Country Today, a nationally tracked news organization based in Arizona, airs a weekday news bulletin on the FNX network and Arizona PBS, the only major show that focuses on news for Indigenous Americans.
- La Raza Chicago, the city’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, has served their community for over 50 years and is working to optimize their business model to better realize its digital potential.
- The Lakota Times in South Dakota has built a reputation for the past 15 years as an incredible journalist covering the Lakota community in South Dakota and across the country.
- NextShark, one of the biggest online destinations for Asian Americans and Pacific islanders, reaches audiences of up to 15 million people a week on social media.
- Outlier media fill critical information gaps for low-income Detroiters and provide a model of how local newsrooms can reliably and efficiently serve the needs of these news consumers. The outlier approach has spurred several similar efforts in other cities across the country.
- Prism, a national digital outlet whose staff is composed entirely of colored people, offers Prisma members concrete entry points where they can better understand and participate in the efforts to bring about the necessary social change.
- PushBlack reaches more than 9 million black Americans through a variety of digital activities, including news, history, and financial content, available on Messenger From Facebook and its Black History Year podcast.
- Founded in 1903 by Japanese students, Rafu Shimpo has a long history of delivering quality local news to Japanese-Americans in the Los Angeles area.
- The Sahan Journal’s coverage focuses on the experiences of immigrants and refugees in Minnesota from its Minneapolis base, helping young skin-colored and immigrant journalists develop as storytellers and writers.
- Celebrating its 100th birthday, St. Louis American is a community institution in its area with extensive partnerships that will help it take its already successful business to the next chapter.
- The Atlanta Voice is transforming itself from the Atlanta area’s premier black newspaper to a truly multimedia news organization, from redesigning its digital business model to investing in new manufacturing facilities that will enable it to deliver news and information that Black Atlantans and others rely on left for the past 55 years.
- The Charlotte Post has kept Black, Charlotte, NC residents informed for over 100 years and is focused on transforming their businesses to make further human and technological investments.
- The Miami Times, the largest black newspaper in the South, is a nearly 100-year-old family business that has recently moved on to the next generation of executives.
- The Tennessee Tribune has brought the diverse, multi-faceted black community of Nashville, Tennessee to life every week for the past 30 years. The newspaper is ready to improve its digital presence and develop a more comprehensive video strategy.