Grants For Local Bloggers
by Chris Bowers, Wed Jan 31, 2007 at 10:06:09 AM EST
There is a total market failure for local news in this country, caused in large part by corporate media consolidation. Local newspapers are laying off staff and relying more heavily than ever on news wires. Most alternative local weeklies have either shut down, or been purchased by larger media conglomerates. "Local" TV stations, such as those owned by Sinclair, have much of their content produced from a single, centralized news studio. Local voices are being shut down, which invariably means that progressive voices are being shut down as well.
Fortunately, local progressive blogging is filling this void in states and cities around the nation. However, even as local bloggers help to revitalize local and progressive media nationwide, and even as they help build local progressive, activist communities, they receive virtually no compensation for doing so. That is where BlogPac's local blogger grants come in. As Laura Packard wrote earlier today:BlogPac will be offering a series of grants to community blogs to help cover those fees (one year of hosting, ie. $180, will be the standard amount).
We are pleased to announce our first round of grants. BlogPac will be supporting:
- California: Calitics
- Colorado: Square State
- Massachusetts: Blue Mass Group
- Michigan: Michigan Liberal
- Minnesota: Minnesota Campaign Report
- Montana: Left In the West
- New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire
- New Jersey: Blue Jersey
- New York: The Albany Project
- North Carolina: Blue NC
- Texas: Burnt Orange Report
- Virginia: Raising Kaine
- Must have a lefty political orientation
- Must have mostly state-based content, not just city or region
- Must be mostly political content
- Must allow diaries as well as comments
- Must be independent - not a part of an existing political group ie. candidate or official campaign, state party, union, caucus, College Dem chapter etc.