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Announcing: New States

For Immediate Release 
December 20, 2021

Contact:
Shilpa Hegde Ingram – [email protected] 

 

States Newsroom Announces Plans to Expand to Alaska, Arkansas and Nebraska

The Forthcoming Newsrooms are Hiring Reporters to Fill Gaps in Local and Statehouse News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced plans to add three additional newsrooms to its growing enterprise, providing statewide reporting in Alaska, Arkansas and Nebraska. With a network of 25 state-based newsrooms as well as a D.C. bureau, States Newsroom currently provides state news coverage to half of the U.S. 

“By nearly every metric, local journalism is struggling, and more important stories are going unreported or underreported in state capitals across the country. We are using a new model of nonprofit journalism at the state level to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the most pressing issues affecting them and their communities,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We’re seeking journalists who are just as passionate as we are about delivering first-rate state government and policy reporting.”

In the last four years, States Newsroom has helped fill the void left by legacy media outlets by establishing locally operated newsrooms in 25 states. Each newsroom is run by a veteran editor with experience covering the state and has editorial independence in its coverage. The organization has continued to grow and cover important stories during a tumultuous time when decisions made at the state level have had a profound impact on every American, in areas such as voting access, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice issues, and more.  

If interested in joining States Newsroom’s Alaska, Arkansas or Nebraska teams, please visit statesnewsroom.com/jobs or send a cover letter, resume and at least three links or clips to [email protected].

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners include:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/  
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/  
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/  
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/ 
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/ 
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/   
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/ 
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/  
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/ 
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/   
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/   
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/  
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/  
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/ 
New Jersey Monitor – https://newjerseymonitor.com/
Source New Mexico – https://sourcenm.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/  
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/ 
Oregon Capital Chronicle – https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/  
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/  
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/  
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/  

 

 
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Announcing: News from the States

For Immediate Release
December 06, 2021

Contact: 
Shilpa Hegde Ingram – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Launches Dynamic Site for State Capital News

States Newsroom to Bring Comprehensive Coverage of Statehouse News Together in One Place Through the Launch of News From the States

WASHINGTON D.C – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced it will bring all of its coverage together in one place and launch News from the States, a comprehensive source for statehouse news across the country. In the next two and a half years, the organization will expand to newsrooms in roughly 40 states with content sharing agreements in the remaining states. 

“It’s time to stop treating news as just a business and start to treat it also as a public service, a public good,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “That’s how we’ve thought of States Newsroom since we began in 2017. We’re proud to have newsrooms in 25 states and counting, as well as a Washington, D.C. bureau”

News from the States and all 25 States Newsroom affiliates and partners provide daily statehouse news coverage and in-depth investigative reporting free of charge to readers across the country. Unlike existing for-profit and nonprofit journalism sites, the entities do not charge readers for content, run advertisements, or charge other outlets to publish their coverage.

“Research shows that not only do newspaper closures cost taxpayers, they also erode civic engagement, voter turnout and competition in local elections,” said Fitzsimon. “We need experienced local journalists to hold government officials accountable, cover policy debates and tell stories that would otherwise go uncovered. With News from the States we will bring all of that coverage together in one place for the first time.”

In the last four years, States Newsroom has helped fill the void left by the closure of many legacy media outlets by establishing locally operated newsrooms in 25 states. Each newsroom is run by a veteran local journalist with deep knowledge of the state’s political history and media landscape and has complete editorial independence over the coverage. The organization has continued to grow and cover important stories during a tumultuous time when decisions made at the state level have had a profound impact on every American, in areas such as voting access, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, manufactured controversy around critical race theory, and more.  

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/  
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/  
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/  
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/ 
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/ 
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/   
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/ 
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/  
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/ 
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/   
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/   
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/  
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/  
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/ 
New Jersey Monitor – https://newjerseymonitor.com/
Source New Mexico – https://sourcenm.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/  
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Oregon Capital Chronicle – https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/  
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/  
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/  
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/   

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Announcing: Oregon Capital Chronicle

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2021

Contact:
Shilpa Hegde – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches Oregon Capital Chronicle

Nationally-Acclaimed Journalist Les Zaitz to Lead the New Outlet 

SALEM, OR – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the launch of the Oregon Capital Chronicle. With the creation of the organization’s 25th outlet, States Newsroom now provides state news coverage to half the nation. 

Led by veteran reporter Les Zaitz, Oregon Capital Chronicle will focus on covering state government and politics for Oregon’s residents.

“Our purpose is to provide careful reporting about state government and leaders that has been reduced in recent years as news organizations cut,” said Zaitz, Editor-in-Chief. “We will get beyond the story of the day and probe the politics and policies that touch every Oregonian. We will do so thoroughly, accurately and without bias.”

Zaitz brings more than 45 years of experience as a reporter and editor, including 25 years at The Oregonian. He is a national Society of Professional Journalists fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. 

Other seasoned journalists join the Oregon Capital Chronicle’s staff, including:

  • Lynne Terry, who will act as deputy editor and brings 30 years of journalism experience to the team. She joins the team after her most recent role as editor of The Lund Report. Terry has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for her investigative reporting.
  • Julia Shumway, also an award-winning journalist, joins the Chronicle after covering government and politics across Iowa, Nebraska and Arizona.
  • Alex Baumhardt joins the staff after a four-year role as a national radio producer focused on education for American Public Media. She has reported from the Arctic to the Antarctic for national and international media, and from Minnesota and Oregon for The Washington Post.

“We’re happy to announce this top-notch team to our network,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “The Oregon Capital Chronicle will provide exceptional, unbiased reporting to the state’s residents.”

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/  
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/  
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/  
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/ 
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/ 
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/   
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/ 
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/  
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/ 
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/   
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/   
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/  
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/  
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/ 
New Jersey Monitor – https://newjerseymonitor.com/
Source New Mexico – https://sourcenm.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/  
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/  
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/  
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/  
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/   

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Announcing: Source New Mexico

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2021

Contact:
Shilpa Hegde – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches Source New Mexico

Experienced Local Journalist Marisa Demarco to Lead the New Outlet 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the launch of Source New Mexico. This newest outlet is the organization’s 24th and will be led by veteran Albuquerque-based reporter Marisa Demarco. 

Source New Mexico will be a dedicated resource for the state’s residents — providing unflinching coverage of COVID response and health care, access to education, tribal affairs, climate change and industrial regulation, police accountability, criminal legal reform, the impacts of immigration policies and more from across the region.

“In forming this team and developing Source New Mexico’s focus, I’m really thinking about how exactly we work in service of our community. Great reporting, thoughtful columns and analysis — those should be a resource, the information people need to make strong choices about their world,” said Marisa Demarco, Editor-in-Chief. “This work is also about centering and respecting the people of New Mexico — their experiences and expertise — in the stories we tell. They’re the real source.”

Demarco brings nearly two decades of reporting experience across New Mexico’s print and radio outlets, including the Albuquerque Tribune and KUNM News. Her career is stacked with leadership experience–from founding the New Mexico Compass to serving as executive producer of “Your NM Government” and “No More Normal.” 

Additional seasoned journalists join the Source New Mexico’s staff, including:

  • Austin Fisher, who is based in Santa Fe and has over five years of experience reporting on state news, writing for the Rio Grande Sun and the Santa Fe Reporter. He hails from Kansas, where he previously wrote for the Garden-City Telegram and the Topeka Capital-Journal.
  • Shaun Griswold, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, who most recently covered Indigenous affairs for New Mexico In Depth. He brings more than a decade of print and broadcast journalism experience to Source New Mexico
  • Patrick Lohmann, an award-winning journalist with 14 years of experience. He most recently spent six years reporting for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Prior to that, he worked for the Albuquerque Journal and the Daily Lobo.

This fall, States Newsroom plans to add an Oregon outlet to its growing media network.

“We’re pleased to add another high-quality, non-partisan news source to States Newsroom’s network.” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We have no doubt Demarco’s team will bring unparalleled reporting to New Mexico.”

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/  
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/  
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/  
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/ 
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/   
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/ 
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/  
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/ 
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/   
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/   
New Jersey Monitor – https://newjerseymonitor.com/
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/  
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/  
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/  
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/  
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/  
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/  
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/   

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Announcing: New Jersey Monitor

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2021

Contact:
Alex Daigle – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Launches New Jersey Monitor

Seasoned Reporter Terrence T. McDonald to Lead New Outlet

TRENTON, NJ – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the most recent launch in its expanding web: the New Jersey Monitor. This newest outlet is the organization’s twenty-third and will be led by veteran New Jersey journalist Terrence T. McDonald. 

The New Jersey Monitor will provide top-quality journalism focused on state government and politics, housing, civil and social justice, schools and any other issue that affects New Jerseyans.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be leading a team of amazing journalists committed to providing news reporting that the people of New Jersey need and deserve,” said Terrence T.  McDonald, Editor of the New Jersey Monitor.

McDonald brings to the New Jersey Monitor more than 15 years of reporting experience across newspapers in the Garden State. He has won 23 New Jersey Press Association awards and two Tim O’Brien Awards for Investigative Journalism using the Open Public Records Act from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Additional seasoned journalists join the new outlet’s staff, including:

  • Nikita Biryukov, who previously covered state government and politics for three years at the New Jersey Globe. Prior to that, Biryukov worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.
  • Dana DiFilippo, who comes to the New Jersey Monitor after five years of reporting for WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station. DiFilippo previously spent 15 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
  • Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, who covered the Statehouse and breaking news for NJ.com. Nieto-Muñoz has won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. 

By the end of 2021, States Newsroom plans to add news outlets in two additional states to its growing list of organizations.

“States Newsroom is continuing to expand to meet the demand for high-quality, non-partisan reporting at a local level,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We’re looking forward to the first-rate reporting that the New Jersey Monitor will contribute to our nationwide network.”

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/  

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Announcing: New Hampshire Bulletin

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches New Hampshire Bulletin

Former Concord Monitor Editor Dana Wormald to Serve as Outlet’s Editor-In-Chief 

Concord, NH – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the most recent launch in its expansion plans for 2021: the New Hampshire Bulletin. This newest outlet is the organization’s twenty-second, and will be led by veteran New Hampshire journalist Dana Wormald. 

The New Hampshire Bulletin will provide top-quality journalism focused on holding government accountable and ensuring readers have the best information on the issues that affects them most, like education, health care, jobs and the economy. 

“There is no question that local newsrooms are struggling both nationally and in New Hampshire. Downsizing and closures are commonplace. Meanwhile, the community’s need for reliable local coverage is more urgent than ever,” said Dana Wormald, editor-in-chief of the New Hampshire Bulletin. “I’m thrilled to team up with other journalists who are and have been dedicated to providing the people of New Hampshire with news that impacts their daily lives. We’re committed to providing high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the critical issues of our time.”

Wormald, who has been a newspaper editor for over 25 years, comes to the New Hampshire Bulletin after serving seven years as the Opinions Editor at the Concord Monitor and more than a decade as an editor at the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The new outlet’s staff includes other seasoned New Hampshire journalists, including Annmarie Timmins, who spent 25 years at the Concord Monitor covering state government, and Ethan DeWitt, formerly of The Keene Sentinel and Concord Monitor. Amanda Gokee has also joined the newsroom, coming to New Hampshire from VTDigger.

“States Newsroom will have expanded to at least 25 states by the end of this year. We’re growing, and rapidly, because we are meeting the demand for high-quality, non-partisan reporting at a local level,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “The New Hampshire Bulletin will serve as a beacon for New Hampshire residents seeking clear and honest state government reporting. We look forward to continuing to build robust, successful newsrooms like this one.”

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/  

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Announcing: Idaho Capital Sun

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Launches Idaho Capital Sun

 Seasoned Reporter Christina Lords to Lead New Outlet  

Boise, ID – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of its 21st outlet: Idaho Capital Sun 

Based in Boise, the Capital Sun is staffed by professional journalists with deep experience in Idaho statehouse reporting. The outlet will report on important state issues, which are often under-covered due to the decline in local news across the nation. All of the Capital Sun’s reporting is available to be republished online or in print by other organizations through “Capital Connections,” States Newsroom’s free syndication service. 

Christina Lords will serve as the editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun. Lords has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. She led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism and has 14 writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Idaho Press Club and UISAPA.

“Idahoans deserve to be informed about the important happenings in our state capital,” said Christina Lords, editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun.Our aim is to bring data, context and analysis to some of the most under-covered state politics and capital city issues. Idaho has a long history of a robust, investigative press corps. It’s my hope our work will continue that tradition for years to come.

The Capital Sun will also be staffed by veteran Idaho reporters:

  • Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press
  • Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun, he covered every Idaho legislative session from 2011-2020 gavel-to-gavel, first for the Idaho Falls Post Register and most recently with Idaho Education News
  • Audrey Dutton joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Dutton’s work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. 

“As States Newsroom grows, our mission to provide high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time remains the same” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We look forward to seeing the great reporting that comes out of Idaho and all of the outlets that follow this year.”

By the end of this year, States Newsroom will expand to at least 25 outlets. 

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free. Earlier this year, States Newsroom announced its plans to expand to 25 states by the end of 2021. 

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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Announcing: Capital Connections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 25, 2021 

Press Contact: Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Debuts Free, Innovative Syndication Service; Will Expand to 25 States in 2021 

‘Capital Connections’ to Fill Much-Needed Gap in Coverage of State News 

Washington, D.C. – Today States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, officially launched “Capital Connections,” a free syndication service with coverage from twenty state capitals. States Newsroom also announced plans to expand to twenty five states by the end 2021. 

The new “Capital Connections” service allows other news organizations to run award-winning statehouse reporting from State Newsroom’s team of roughly 100 journalists in every corner of the country. In 2021, an estimated 25,000 articles will be made available through Capital Connections. 

“We are reimagining journalism at the state level to ensure that no matter who you are or where you live, you have access to high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “Capital Connections will expand the reach of our existing work and give our colleagues at other outlets the ability to publish stories that their readers would otherwise miss. This type of journalism is essential to democracy.” 

News organizations in all twenty states with States Newsroom outlets ran more than 3,000 Capital Connections stories in 2020. Examples of Capital Connections work include:

Capital Connections allows stories to be republished online or in print under a Creative Commons license. Partners are asked not to put the piece behind any paywall, edit only for style or length, provide proper attribution and link to the original outlet’s website. 

In addition to the launch of Capital Connections, States Newsroom also announced plans to expand to at least five new states in 2021: Idaho, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and New Mexico, bringing the total number of States Newsroom outlets to 25. 

Both efforts come as the nation’s local news crisis was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic causing a record number of local journalists, editors and staff layoffs due to news organizations’ staggering loss of revenue.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsrooms affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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Announcing: Daily Montanan

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches Daily Montanan; Kicks Off 2021 Expansion

Seasoned Journalists to Fill Critical Gap in Montana News Coverage

Helena, MT – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of the Daily Montanan, the organization’s 20th newsroom and first outlet launch in 2021. 

“After 2020, a year that was especially hard on local newsrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are thankful and excited that we can continue to provide quality, nonpartisan local news to our readers” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “The staff in Montana are some of the best and we know they will serve the state well.”

Despite the demand for journalism amid the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on local newsrooms has been devastating. Hundreds of newspapers have laid off staff or closed entirely, according to Poynter, and experts expect more closures to come. States Newsroom outlets like the Daily Montanan are able to step in and close the gap in local coverage. 

“My colleagues and I are thrilled to launch the Daily Montanan,”  said Darrell Ehrlick, editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan. “Too many stories are going underreported or just unreported, and we are going to fill that gap while providing high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time.”

Ehrlick comes to States Newsroom after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him all over the country. Ehrlick has won a number of prestigious reporting awards, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ highest media honor, three Lee Enterprises President’s Awards, and statewide awards for his commentary. 

Ehrlick will be joined by veteran reporters Keila Szpaller, former city editor of the Missoulian; Keith Schubert, alumni of the Asbury Park Press, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Arren Kimbel-Sannit, an Arizona-bred journalist who previously worked for the Dallas Morning News and POLITICO. 

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.  

Other States Newsrooms affiliates and partners are: 

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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States Newsroom featured on Washington Post list of outstanding state-based reporters

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2020

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

The Washington Post Highlights Twelve States Newsroom Outlets for “Outstanding Politics Reporters”

Washington, D.C. – For the first time since 2015, the Washington Post has published a list of outstanding state-based political reporters. The just-released 2020 list includes fourteen reporters from States Newsroom outlets in twelve states.

At States Newsroom, we pride ourselves on creating high-quality, non-partisan reporting and we are thrilled to see a number of our outstanding reporters recognized for their great work,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “In 2015, States Newsroom didn’t even exist, and now our reporters are being nationally recognized and having an impact in more than 20 states. We are excited to see our team continue to put out excellent reporting in the years to come.”

The States Newsroom reporters honored in the The Fix’s 2020 list of outstanding politics reporters to follow in every state included:

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

A complete list of States Newsroom affiliates and partners are below.

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