About Us

The publisher of The Local Reporter, Friends of Local Journalism, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation whose members believe that the lack of a local newspaper dedicated to covering events that directly affect our community is detrimental to its conviviality, civic health, and ultimate viability. It is the mission of The Local Reporter to respond to this essential need. We want The Local Reporter to be a civil forum for public debate via guest columns and letters to the editor, as well as a place that nurtures local enterprises. Above all, we hope to reinforce the sense of community we have been lacking.

We are only using by-lines for articles that have been submitted to us. Otherwise, the news articles in The Local Reporter have no bylines because they are written and edited collaboratively by members of Friends of Local Journalism. This is a strictly temporary situation! Fundraising will allow us to hire a professional editor and writing staff.

Guest authors, letters to the editor, and volunteers are all welcome.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE POLICY
The Local Reporter subscribes to the standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News. Decisions about choice or content of material published by TLR will not be influenced by consideration of present or future financial support.

DONOR POLICY
The Local Reporter is committed to transparency. Thus donations of $5000 or more will be posted on our website while smaller donations are listed at the donor’s discretion. TLR maintains a firewall between its news coverage decisions and its sources of funding.  Contributors to FLJ do not have any voice in the editorial decisions of TLR. While FLJ is pleased to accept donations from individuals, foundations or businesses, acceptance of those funds does not imply any endorsement by TLR or FLJ of the views or activities of the donor.

Below are the current members of Friends of Local Journalism:

  • Hodding Carter
  • Brian Crawford
  • Rob Gelblum
  • Linda Haac
  • Rudy Juliano
  • Fred Lampe
  • Nancy Largent
  • Jock Lauterer
  • Randy Haven O’Donnell
  • Neil Offen
  • Rev. Robert Seymour
  • Del Snow
  • Megan Talikoff
  • Wells Tower
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