Northeast Wisconsin Journalism

Formation of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) News Lab

Local newsrooms are the heart of their communities. However, according to a Microsoft article, changes in digital advertising and in the way people receive their news has led to: 

  • A decrease in newsroom employment and fewer local stories 
  • An increase in digital illiteracy making some susceptible to manipulated content.  
  • Cyber attacks 

We, along with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, are part of a new collaborative effort to help our local newsrooms address this growing crisis. 

This initiative launched in May 2021 provides technology support, capacity building, and additional funding to preserve and protect journalism and local newsrooms. 

Microsoft selected Northeast Wisconsin as its fifth local news pilot in the United States as part of its Journalism initiative, donating a total of $300,000 to the Northeast Wisconsin Journalism Fund, established at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.  

The region was selected in part because of a strong history of impact and collaboration by the two community foundations, local media, and TitletownTech’s partnership with the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft. As a three-year pilot effort, the community foundations are encouraging other organizations, businesses, and individuals to also make supporting local journalism an important focus. 

Learn more about Microsoft's initiative to preserve and protect local newsrooms around the nation

Meet the NEW News Lab Partners

We are currently partnered with six news organizations: Fox Valley 365, Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Press Times, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Watch, that will advance in-depth local reporting on topics such as racism as a public health crisis, lack of affordable housing, funding of local schools, or coverage of local judicial systems. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Journalism Department is an educational partner.  

Read the full news release
 

2021 Community Journalism Projects 

In June of 2021, NEW News Lab members will release the first stories supported by the partnership, which will be available for free publication by other news organizations across the state and nation. Check back here to explore these stories. 

Learn more about Microsoft's Corporate Social Responsibility
 

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