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Pittsburgh Media Partnership

Pittsburgh Partnership

aims to innovate

By AmyJo Brown

Pittsburgh Media Partnership

News media form historic

collaboration

By Lou Corsaro

We are a collaborative of local

news organization spanning the city and

the surrounding river valley communities

that make up the greater Pittsburgh region.

Our mission is to support a vibrant, diverse

and independent local media ecosystem.

Together, we are listening, sharing and

innovating — to ensure that all the stories

that need to be told are told.

We hold conversations with residents

throughout the region to make the process

of news-making more transparent and

accessible.

We connect local journalism and provide

space to talk and room to think about how

we deliver the news in a constantly changing

industry.

We pool resources to help experiment and

innovate and to support enterprise journalism

that benefits all of our audiences.

Photo by Stacey Federoff

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Media Partnership’s participating outlets meet at

the Center for Media Innovation.

Cohort Statistics

» Of the 20 partners, 75 percent are for-profit news organizations,

25 percent are nonprofits.

» 85 percent are controlled by local ownership.

The Pittsburgh Media Partnership

officially formed in early 2020, after a yearlong

series of conversations and meetings

held through the Bridge Pittsburgh initiative.

The 19 founding partners include:

• Ambridge Connection

• Environmental Health News

• Homewood Nation

• McKees Rocks Gazette 2.0

• Mon Valley Independent

• New Pittsburgh Courier

• NEXTpittsburgh

• Pittsburgh Business Times

• Pittsburgh City Paper

• Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

• Pittsburgh Quarterly

• Postindustrial

• Presente Pittsburgh Media

• PublicSource

• Soul Pitt Quarterly

• Storyburgh

• Trib Total Media

• Unabridged Press

• WESA

Photo by Stacey Federoff

Rob Taylor Jr., managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier, John Chamberlin of YaJagoff

Media, Larissa Dudkiewicz of Ambridge Connection and Amber Thompson of Leaders

of Change discuss partnership ideas.

Photo by Lucy Schaly

Brian Cook, president of the Pittsburgh

Black Media Federation, holds a poster for

Alisa Grishman, of Unabridged Press.

» All of their newsrooms are small. In fact, more than half (12 of

the partners) are putting out news for their com- munities with

two or fewer full-time staff.

» Of the remaining partners, the median staff size is 10.

» The partner with the largest newsroom — 50 full-time editorial

employees — includes a staff spread over a wide geographic area

with one to two reporters assigned to be the sole source of

coverage for the region’s more rural communities.

The effort is a historic collaboration among

Pittsburgh’s media. Throughout the next

year, the organizations will examine the

causes behind the region’s population

decline and help facilitate conversations

about solutions that will both retain and

attract a more diverse population. In addition

to the results of the work itself, the

process of working collaboratively is likely

to have a lasting impact on the region’s

media ecosystem.

Photo by Stacey Federoff

Project editor AmyJo brown leads an exercise with members of the Pittsburgh

Media Partnership at their January meeting in the Point Park University Center for

Media Innovation.

Editor’s note: The Heinz Endowments and

the Henry L. Hillman Foundation provide

funding for the Pittsburgh Media Partnership,

led by project editor AmyJo Brown.

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