Right this moment the Lengthy Seashore Put up and Lengthy Seashore Enterprise Journal are launching a complete membership program—it’s a means for any of our common readers to hitch with the hundreds of subscribers who’re already financially supporting our impartial native journalism with a month-to-month subscription.
Our subscribers assist make our journalism occur. It’s helped us develop from 4 workers in 2018 to 26 workers in the present day. It’s helped us maintain over two dozen good paying native jobs in our neighborhood, so our journalists can reside within the metropolis they cowl. It’s helped preserve the Put up and Enterprise Journal free to learn, and not using a paywall.
And the expansion of this native newsroom and enlargement of journalism in Lengthy Seashore is going on with related success in communities throughout the nation—from Chicago to Denver, Memphis to Santa Cruz, Dallas to Boise.
Sadly, for each native success story, there are way more grim outcomes. Contemplate:
- The variety of working reporters has declined over 60% since 2000.
- Over 1,800 communities don’t have any native information supply in any respect.
- For the reason that begin of the pandemic, round 36,000 journalists have confronted layoffs or pay cuts or furloughs.
The destiny native journalism has confronted in so many different communities is what we’re making an attempt to keep away from day by day on the Put up and the Enterprise Journal. That’s why we’re launching a membership program this week within the hopes you’ll assist our work proceed.
On the similar time, this week can be essential in Congress for the proposed Construct Again Higher package deal—the $1.75 trillion invoice with assist for healthcare, little one care, local weather change—and sure, assist for native journalism.
That’s proper—Construct Again Higher features a payroll tax credit score for native newsrooms that might successfully subsidize the price of using native journalists by as much as 50% within the first 12 months after passage and tax credit score advantages proceed a further 4 years.
Only for our newsroom, that quantities to an estimated $425,000 profit within the first 12 months alone, which we might be capable of reinvest into preserving jobs, hiring further journalists, launching new long-term investigative tasks and offering ongoing coaching and instruments to constantly enhance our service to our neighborhood. And it’s not simply native information in Lengthy Seashore that might profit, but additionally numerous different communities across the nation. Merely put, this tax credit score will save hundreds of journalism jobs and shield native information nationwide.
Passage of the invoice isn’t assured—it should nonetheless want virtually each Home Democrat and all 50 Senate Democrats in assist—however the tax credit score provision does have sturdy bipartisan assist.
Our information group is proud to be a part of Rebuild Native Information, a nationwide coalition of over 3,000 different newsrooms and organizations, led by our associates on the nonprofit GroundTruth Venture, advocating collectively for stronger neighborhood journalism, far past the passage of the tax credit within the Construct Again Higher proposal.
You’ll additionally see a stark chance on the entrance web page of our print version and all through web sites—a future the place sturdy, trusted native information won’t exist in Lengthy Seashore, the place native journalists are now not masking our neighborhood.
It’s a future none of us wish to see occur in Lengthy Seashore or in every other neighborhood.
We hope you don’t both.
Writer, Lengthy Seashore Put up and
Lengthy Seashore Enterprise Journal