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By Eric Frederick, NC Local newsletter editor
If you’re on a newsroom’s email list, you may have seen an invitation to support strong local journalism with a donation — like the one shown here, from Executive Editor Robyn Tomlin of The News & Observer.
Such community campaigns are the latest initiative by JFP, a 501(c)(3) launched to support local journalism by bridging the gap between funders and newsrooms in three key ways:
- Enabling major gifts from large funders that might otherwise be impossible.
- Enabling broad campaigns of donations from individuals, including those who want to make only deductible gifts.
- Guiding and training newsrooms in effective fundraising.
Its board members include chair Orage Quarles III, former publisher of The N&O; Sharif Durhams, managing editor of The N&O and The Herald-Sun; and Anders Gyllenhaal, a former N&O executive editor and former news VP at McClatchy. Sean Malone, first president and CEO of Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy in Raleigh, is its interim executive director.
Malone calls JFP an “elegant solution to a pretty meaningful need.”