A new, 25-person news organization serving Central Indiana will be staffed by journalists who will produce, unbiased, nonpartisan, contextual coverage of critical topics, with the highest standards of editorial integrity and independence. Reporting will hold power to account, but will be done with self-awareness and a focus on solutions for local issues. It will also produce service journalism, to ensure information is relevant to residents’ everyday lives.
"[Partnership is] important because it exposes each of the collaborating publications to the others' unique audiences, which, given the various perspectives, is incredibly beneficial to Indiana residents, as they will have access to more expansive content. I truly appreciate this collaboration because each of the newspapers are credible, established publications all rooted in journalistic excellence."
—Robert Shegog, President & CEO, Indianapolis Recorder
“There are so many great stories in all of Indy’s neighborhoods. This initiative represents an opportunity to change the narrative and elevate the work of neighbors who are working every day to strengthen their neighborhoods and our city. It will also get more information about public resources and processes into neighbors’ hands, making it more accessible, navigable, and empowering, leading to an increase in grassroots engagement and leadership, resulting in more neighbors affecting systemic change.”
—Anne-Marie Taylor, executive director of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
“Local journalism can strengthen a community’s cultural and social ties. Like any other state, Indiana needs a more robust community presence, especially after the heavy past years. A solid local news establishment will build a stronger community and bring together folks from all walks of life. I hope this new effort will be inclusive and make space for people of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds because Indiana is more diverse than one would think.”
—Sitashma Thapa, climate and energy researcher, Indianapolis, and community listening ambassador
"Indiana is made up of wonderful tight-knit communities that are full of heart and passion for the people within them,...we have the opportunity to inspire individuals to participate in their communities at a local level to create the kind of change they want to see in their daily lives - and I believe local journalism and news is at the center of that shift.”
—Kaya Dorsch, theater artist in Indianapolis and community listening ambassador
The newsroom will report on issues communities care most about, with the highest standards of editorial integrity and independence. It will feature an innovative, community-led reporting model, including a local affiliate of the Documenters Network by City Bureau, which trains and pays residents to cover public meetings.