Community Impact

NEW News Lab

Supporting Local 


Northeast Wisconsin Journalism Initiative

Local newsrooms have been the heart of communities. However, news and journalism face increasing challenges. Changes in the way people receive their news have significantly impacted the industry and have created a risk of disinformation, undermining trust in all media. In turn, these changes affect how we all understand the issues facing our communities.

To help address these growing challenges, Microsoft made a commitment to preserve and protect local newsrooms around the nation.

Sustainable Transformation: Supporting Local Journalism in Northeast Wisconsin

A Community Effort

Selected as the fifth local news pilot, Microsoft invested $600,000 in 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 fund provides technology support, capacity building, and additional funding to preserve and protect journalism and local newsrooms throughout the 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.

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NEW News Lab Community Report

Meet the NEW News Lab


Six Wisconsin news organizations have partnered to 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 Northeast Wisconsin Journalism Fund awarded grants to the six NEW News Lab participants to support this work.

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As a result of the newsroom collaboration local stories, important to our communities, will be available for free publication by other news organizations across the state and nation.  Here are the stories: