Why Microsoft, community foundations are helping boost local news in northeast Wisconsin

Why is tech giant Microsoft teaming up with two community foundations to support journalism that serves northeast Wisconsin?

You can hear directly from Microsoft and leaders of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. In a new video show, Microsoft’s Eric Prock is joined by Amber Paluch and Curt Detjen from the foundations to discuss their role in the NEW (Northeast Wisconsin) News Lab.

The show is moderated by Rob Mentzer, a journalist with Wisconsin Public Radio. Andy Hall, the co-founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, discusses the challenges facing local news in the U.S. and Wisconsin.

The collaboration includes The Post-Crescent, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, FoxValley365, The Press Times, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Watch. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Journalism Department is an educational partner, and Microsoft has provided $300,000 to the Journalism Initiative Fund.

HOW TO HELP: Donate to the Journalism Initiative Fund

The six NEW News Lab newsrooms are tackling in-depth local reporting projects about racism as a public health crisis, a lack of affordable housing, funding of local schools and the practices of local judicial systems. Initial installments of these stories have been published in recent weeks, and each project will be available for free publication by other news organizations across the state and nation.

 

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For the second half of the show, editors from the organizations discussed the stories they’re working on for the NEW News Lab.

You can read more of the work that been published below:

Unaffordable: No Place to Call Home
‘This is the long game.’ Brown County Racial Equity Committee begins its two-year mission
Rising referendums: School funding 101
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