Dakotafire Media

South Dakota Community Foundation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/01/11 to 07/31/14
Focus Areas
Communities, Journalism, Media Innovation
Knight Community Information Challenge

Grantee Contact

  • Aberdeen, SD

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For Dakotafire Media, an alliance of journalists from 29 rural community newspapers who will share a virtual newsroom to improve coverage of regional issues

To strengthen regional coverage, Dakotafire Media will create an alliance of rural journalists to provide in-depth reporting on topics vital to rural South Dakota. The alliance will connect these journalists through online meetings, social networking and collaborative writing software – allowing them to cover topics they couldn’t meaningfully address alone. The journalists, many of whom come from newspapers with staffs of three or fewer people, will also be able to exchange ideas and learn from each other. As some of these newspapers don’t have websites, Dakotafire will offer an online presence for them. The funding comes at a time of great change in the rural Dakotas, where the population is declining and aging, and metro newspapers are retreating to urban centers.

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Project Team

Bob Sutton

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