Central Valley Journalism Collaborative

Introducing a sustainable model to restore Central Valley local journalism through philanthropic support and community ownership.

Be a part of the solution.

The launch of the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative (CVJC) in 2021 marked a pivotal moment for the James B. McClatchy Foundation. For the first time in the Central Valley, philanthropy and community ownership come together to knit a dynamic and diverse news ecosystem that keeps independent local journalism alive, made for, by, and with the people who live here. Our goal is to protect the many vulnerable communities already impacted by the rapid decline of independent news in the Central Valley, brought on by both monopolizing bottom-line ownership and the rise of news deserts that foster mis/disinformation and threaten democracy and civic engagement for all of us. The Foundation believes in a vibrant local free press in which newswriting and coverage reflect core values of equity and inclusion and do no harm. With deeper investments in the CVJC, the Foundation celebrates the Collaborative’s launch with its new website and an earnest search for both an Executive Director and Merced Pilot Project Editor-In-Chief who can humbly work with philanthropic partners, local newsrooms, and Central Valley communities. Join us on this journey today.

– Priscilla Enriquez

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(JBMF’s study that served as the catalyst for the creation of the CVJC)