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Weekly News From the President: Tell Us About Your Local News Efforts

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, and today marks a national commemoration of his life and enduring legacy.

I hope you take time to think about that legacy in your work in community, for your community.  The potential that all people have to make a difference in our world, and the obligation we all have to make democracy work is a part of all our community media work.  So I’d like you to consider King’s words beyond this day.

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

-Martin Luther King Jr.


Your Local News Efforts 

“People want to know what their school board is doing. People want to know what their city council is doing. They want to know if the local high school team won last Friday.”

That’s a key point to remember from a recent article by the Nonprofit Quarterly about efforts to bolster local non-profit news.

If your organization is building local news efforts to fill the information void that’s described in the article, we want to know about so we can document it and help tell that story.  Contact me at to let me know what you are doing to fill that gap.

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media