In 2021, the INN Index found that the nonprofit news field grew by almost every measure. During a year of crises, audiences swelled, coverage expanded, staffing measures increased, and individual giving revenue surged for many.
New data from the INN Index 2021, the fourth annual survey of nonprofit news organizations across North America, offers a snapshot of the field at the close of 2020. The INN Index 2021 is based on 2020 data from 94% of INN’s membership.
This tumultuous year generated the fastest growth in nonprofit news media since the financial crisis of 2008, when many journalists left legacy media to create nonprofit newsrooms, with the aim of saving accountability and investigative reporting considered essential to democracy. The breadth of growth in 2020 accelerates the establishment of this new kind of media.
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