A municipal foundation in the public interest
The Somerville Media Fund is a municipal foundation created to support professional, independent, nonprofit news organizations that cover Somerville, Mass and provide media education to its high school students and residents at large. Launched in 2022, SMF is pioneering a new way for communities around the United States to provide themselves the local coverage they need to help prevent their cities, towns, and counties from becoming “news deserts”—regions that no longer have professional news organizations reporting on political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the public interest. All grants provided by SMF will be shared equally between professional, independent, nonprofit news organizations that serve Somerville, Mass and are accepted for membership by the SMF Board of Directors. The first two SMF member-organizations are the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (sponsor of the Somerville News Garden project and its Somerville Wire news service) and the Somerville Media Center.
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